Real Life Gundam: Japanese Robot Suit (HAL)

Posted on February 2, 2009

Japan has led the way in the field of robotics and in keeping with this tradition has become the first country to begin mass-producing a robot that will help human beings become more mobile. Meet Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) and shake his hand; that is, if he will let you.

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Robot Suit HAL is worn over the arms and legs. Through the use of eight electric motors attached to shoulders, elbows, knees and the waist, this device greatly assists body movement.

Produced by Cyberdyne Inc, the company expects to make the robot suit available for rental through specific sales outlets in the very near future.

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Almost like those fairy tale boots and magic carpets that transport the wearer into mystical realms of flying and super powers, this incredible device supports the limb movements of the wearer, and through the help of sensors quickly responds to wherever more mobility is needed.

Robot Suit HAL’s secret powers are derived from a unique method that senses bioelectric signals sent from the brain, rather by than detecting muscle movements.

Commercialization of Robot Suit HAL is still in its infancy and there are some technical problems. Robot Suit HAL remains creepy and weird however, because its essence translates into a person controlling the robot by his or her own will even if the user is unable to move!

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36 comments
Cody Hufstetler
Cody Hufstetler

"alright, HAL. I need to take a dump. disengage rear pelvic armor." "I'M AFRAID I CAN'T DO THAT, DAVE." "oh, you've got to be kidding me."

Raymond Jason
Raymond Jason

great now all we need is a skynet computer to come alive to take over the world!

Mike Furner
Mike Furner

does nobody realise its called HAL and is made by cyrberdyne? its literally like they want the films to come true.

lol
lol

OMG it's GI Joe!!!No wait its a idiot in a robot suit

Josh
Josh

I am going to japan soon and I was wondering if you know if this statue is still up: http://roboticsblog.org/2009/new-robots/59-foot-t... I wanted to see it when I go to japan and that site says the robot might have only been up for two months and that was a year ago :( Thanks

TrollHunter
TrollHunter

this design is totally amazing, think how cool it would be to use these things. Also, anyone with severe movement problems (Para/ quadrapalegics) could be able to move (possibly again)!

Dman
Dman

ment to say (only, and cockpit) in the place of inly and cockoit

Dman
Dman

not bad inly 20,000 for it pretty much the cost of a new lower grade car, now just make it 13 meter's tall with some armor and a cockoit and ther you got you self a gundam ha ha ha ha

kayy
kayy

this is pretty dang cool. :)

zohan
zohan

dont lie zack your a faggot and u burn in hell

Orc
Orc

wow i want one for myself, the usa has some kind of battle armor project as well apparently.. ive read online somewhere but forgot the link

Zack
Zack

I had a surgery in the year 2000 called hemipelvectomy due to cancer in the pelvis area, now I am walking with short crutches, my left leg I cannot walk on, but my right leg is fine can you guys help me to be a candidate for your experiments to help you find a solustion to my peoblem. 443-928-3363

andri
andri

i believe this suit is heavily influenced by Gavan, Sharivan, Shaider, and other japanese metal heroes.

londin
londin

Technically its more like an Evangelion.

varun
varun

hmmmm is this a psychoframe in the making? think of the possibilities...

MDeeDubroff
MDeeDubroff

Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate them.

Asian Chick
Asian Chick

I bet how my brother would love to have one of these. That's amazing. I would rather a Storm Troop outfit. www.asiac.blogspot.com --- Asian Chick Blog

Dennis
Dennis

Is anyone else a little worried that the company name is Cyberdyne? Terminator 0.5?

Symber
Symber

Cyberdyne and HAL... this company seems to have a thing for haywire robots.

oskar
oskar

yes it's weird. and I've confirmed it.

Matty
Matty

"Its essence translates into a person controlling the robot by his or her own will even if the user is unable to move!" Now this might mean something to those who suffer paralysis. Or Halo, here we come.

Belbe
Belbe

If they succeed in helping 1 of those patients climb a mountain, I'll be very impressed. To technology!

Gee-man
Gee-man

Awesome, but I wouldn't go as far as saying the Japanese are the first with this idea. The American military has been experimenting with exoskeleton support suits for years now, so that concept isn't really that stunning. Heh, if I'm not mistaken, there was even a Popular Science issue with an article along the lines of, "The real Iron Man" a while ago on the subject. What really caught my attention however was the concept of using bioelectric signals to control it rather than muscle movement as is the mainstay for most existing robot suit designs. That could mean theoretically, any person, regardless of physical shape or condition, could control one provided they were quick thinkers and had good control of their nervous impulses.

likeidtellyou
likeidtellyou

Actually according to jrp and dod documents I pilfered, we stole our ideas from japan and a few other sources.

agent25i
agent25i

"regardless of physical shape or condition" if they was brain dead... I doubt they could.

kokonot
kokonot

the difference is...usa used it for their own benefit and for military uses...while people at japan uses it to benefit people who really need it, when usa has already so much military power that they are bullying other countries.

qwert
qwert

not to mention the japanese model is far more advanced and refined. these are already on sale.

rend
rend

Could it be the pioneer of "Iron Man"?

@rezvie
@rezvie

hehe yeah, but look at the bright side. This might be a footstep of a innovation to help the people who are unable to walk or move.

jackson
jackson

or doctor octopus - (aka) doc oc

jackson
jackson

or Master chief from halo