We’re not sure the acronym will catch on, but the technology certainly will: Honda has announced it will lease 100 of its Walking Assist Devices (WADs) to hospitals across Japan.
The WAD is a computer-controlled, motorised walking-assistance apparatus designed for patient rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Designed to be worn like a belt, the WAD uses hip-angle sensors to improve leg-lifting and coordination, while encouraging the user to take longer strides.
The device weighs a hair under 2.6kg, and charge from the lithium-ion battery lasts more than 60 minutes.
Despite the impressive technology, Honda warns that the device cannot yet be used in the rain, and is best used on flat surfaces. Outside temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius also won't do it any favours.
Honda has been continually developing the WAD since 1999 and the Japanese carmaker hopes that feedback from real-world users during the leasing program will aid in the future refinement of the device.
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