A lot of companies are working on humanoid robotics technology. Honda is applying its own robotics expertise to test out its Stride Management Assist device (SMAd), a lightweight brace that can help people with limited walking ability.
The SMAd fits around the user’s waist via and is held on via belts and thigh braces. The device analyzes the walker’s stride, then raises it to the appropriate level by providing a boost to the thighs. A Li-ion-powered motor drives the unit, which can run for over an hour at a constant speed of 2.8 mph. Continue reading
Once an object is designed and built, it’s a finished piece. You can paint it, you can break it, you can modify it, but it’s basic form is limited by the materials involved and the shape it was initially hammered or molded into. But what if objects could change their shape based on electronic commands? Scientists are currently working on creating just that type of “programmable matter,” which could allow everyday objects like watches and chairs to shift into other types of objects at the press of a button. Continue reading