'Cyberdyne' has just unveiled the new design for its robotic exoskeleton suits called 'HAL.' The futuristic suits may look like a strange pair of cyborg limbs, but they actually serve a very practical purpose.
The exoskeleton suits work by feeding off of a user's brain signals. When an individual wants to make a move, their brain sends a signal to the muscles that travel across the surface of a person's skin. HAL reads and interprets these bio-electric signals and then moves the body accordingly. The technology is particularly useful for elderly workers at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo, who are using the exoskeleton suits to lift heavy loads.
With an aging population and a diminishing workforce, the technology could prove to be extremely important in Japan and other countries.