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Honda Assists With "Next Steps" For Mankind

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the hurry-up-with-my-power-armor-already dept.

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hedonisticaltruism writes "The CBC reports that Honda has just unveiled a new walking-assist device that enhances the walking motion rather than just providing transportation. The device braces and strengthens natural leg movements primarily in walking and crouching. They're looking to market this to rehabilitation cases, the handicapped and industries requiring repetitive crouching and walking movements such as factory work and delivery services."

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What about us lazy people? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680059)

"And here I've been [walking] on my own all this time like a sucker..."

Re:What about us lazy people? (1, Interesting)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681141)

Obama's plan for "Universal Honda Walking Asistants" will be released soon.

Re:What about us lazy people? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25686355)

I'm sure you know, but for people who don't get your signature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=381gFG4Crr8 [youtube.com]

I, for one ... (2, Funny)

Riot.ATL (1365395) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680061)

... welcome our new bionic overlords.

Re:I, for one ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680401)

... welcome our new mechano-wedgie overlords.

Re:I, for one ... (1)

anilg (961244) | more than 5 years ago | (#25685645)

..invented by shampoo, no less.

Could really see this work, despite looking dorky (4, Interesting)

heresyoftruth (705115) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680201)

Just last week, I had to order PT evals for two separate patients at the facility I nurse at. Both have Parkinsons, and are in the process of a steady decline with their ability to walk. One is getting her first walker, the other is going to get evaluated to see if there is any possible walker out there to keep him active. Something like this looks promising in the extreme. It would help when they freeze up. I wonder if they could set it to help the patient control their gate, elongating steps, to avoid shuffling.

Re:Could really see this work, despite looking dor (1)

bughunter (10093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683999)

Skiing. This could be a great aid to skiiers who are otherwise fit enough to ski but have leg strength issues.

Of course, once a ski-capable device hits the market, you're gonna have perfectly fit thrillseekers use it to ski extreme terrain.

(Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

eeew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680243)

"Dude, when did your sack grow legs?"

Maybe easy on the ass, but its murder on the balls (2, Funny)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680281)

From just looking at the picture, it appears that the device is anchored to the crotch. And from the prominence of that guys package being crunched and the expression on his face, I don't mean that in a GOOD way.

Re:Maybe easy on the ass, but its murder on the ba (4, Funny)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680329)

Actually, in Japan, that is a GOOD thing.
Not only does it help you walk, but it crushes your balls as well.
A privilege usually reserved for the executive class.

Re:Maybe easy on the ass, but its murder on the ba (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681511)

You know the pron industry is going to make a "female" version of this when it comes out...

Re:Maybe easy on the ass, but its murder on the ba (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25685681)

you've got it all wrong. that's a feature.

it's designed that way to serve as a protective crotch guard (against stray groin-kicks from irate female co-workers who are sick and tired of you pretending to be a sex-droid) and to conceal untimely erections--which will bound to occur since the unit is also designed to deliver a very sensual scrotal massage while you're walking.

Fallen and can't get up... (3, Interesting)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680289)

If this thing stalls while you're out on a walk, does it come with roadside assistance, or do you need to call a friend to give you a jump?

Re:Fallen and can't get up... (1)

He Who Waits (1102491) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680403)

Just press the On*Star button.

Re:Fallen and can't get up... (1)

ZankerH (1401751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682057)

It could come with a secondary "safe mode" that pulls back into a compact wheelchair when the batteries run out.

Re:Fallen and can't get up... (1)

Bl4ckJ3sus (1081165) | more than 5 years ago | (#25684635)

It's made by honda... it'll never break down.

Video of device (5, Informative)

werdnapk (706357) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680321)

Re:Video of device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680513)

Not trying to be funny or anything but I dont like the way it mounts via the crotch, that would make me very cautious about it...

Re:Video of device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681097)

Eh, doesn't look any worse than riding a bike. Actually the seat looks more comfortable than most bicycle seats. The whole point is that it's helping to hold up your mass, and to do that well it's got to be in line with the center of mass; there's not too many alternative ways to provide that support. Something like Wallace's Wrong Pants would be a lot harder to get in and out of than this thing.

Re:Video of device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682845)

The whole point is that it's helping to hold up your mass

Oh, you said mass. Sorry, I misread this the first time.

Re:Video of device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681011)

God, that smooth jazz and the slow panning of the guys legs/robot makes me think its robo porn or something. *shudder*

Re:Video of device (1)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681455)

This makes me think of Wallace and Gromit. [imdb.com]

"It's the wrong trousers Gromit, and they've gone wrong!"

That's it! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680345)

Nuke 'em again! They obviously didn't get the message the first time.

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Can't wait till I get old... (3, Funny)

AmigaHeretic (991368) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680501)

I'm gonna bore my Grandkids to death like my Granparents did to me...

Me: Yep, back in my day we used to walk!

Kids: Grandma! Grandpas making up stories again!

swapping one injury for another? (2, Informative)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680617)

Sure it's great for your hips and knees, but how many of you ride bikes? How can you spend hours on the saddle like that? Back when I rode a bike, it take long at all for my penis to go completely numb and fall asleep. It's like falling asleep on your arm except ITS YOUR PENIS. And the tingling pins and needles as it "wakes up" is NOT the good tingly feeling down there. Seriously, it's kind of scary. Your inguinal area is not constructed to hold all your weight. I haven't ridden a bike in years because of this.

That robot's saddle doesn't look any better. If I were doing a job that required squatting like that, I would prefer a short stool with casters on it. If their workers have to stand and squat 6 times a minute (just an arbitrary example) all shift, they really need to look at their processes.

I know that this is really only a beta for mobility devices for the elderly. In that case, I would guess grandpa doesn't need his penis anymore anyway.

Re:swapping one injury for another? (1)

poached (1123673) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680731)

you probably want to look into another saddle?

Re:swapping one injury for another? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681129)

You almost certainly had a poorly fitted bicycle. I know what you are talking about, and felt it before. But my current bike fits me very well, and I can ride for hours comfortably.

Re:swapping one injury for another? (1)

MarcoAtWork (28889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681239)

I haven't ridden a bike in years because of this

why haven't you investigated some bike saddles especially designed to solve this issue? For example the adamo

http://www.ismseat.com/products.htm [ismseat.com]

is what I use and works great for that (as long as you give it a few weeks to acclimatize your 'sit bones' on), no numbness whatsoever regardless how long you ride.

Re:swapping one injury for another? (2, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 5 years ago | (#25684501)

My god, the bike seat has a space for your gigglestick and funberries. No more scrunchy balls.

I was once riding my bike and saw a pretty high curb. I thought I could just power up it, but instead my weight shifted forward. Back wheel picked up and I got anally probed by the banana seat. Then the back wheel came down and I knocked my nuggets on the bar.

I mean, with that seat, well... at least next time my bike rapes me, I might like it.

Re:swapping one injury for another? (2, Informative)

Reece400 (584378) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681255)

I spent $40 on a decent Gel seat with some small spings underneath as well. Now I can bike for hours, maybe more but I'm out of energy energy after that point.

I agree though, if it were anything like the seat my bike came with I'd crawl instead.

Re:swapping one injury for another? (1)

malkir (1031750) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682605)

What the hell kind of bikes do you ride? I work at a bike shop and have been riding them for years. Never have I experienced penis-numbing tingling sensations and my girlfriend is happy to second that everything is working perfectly.

Next time you sit on a bike saddle, don't tuck your balls under.

From a robot's point of view: (1)

tylerni7 (944579) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680719)

I, for one, welcome our new human overlords!

Assrobots (1)

Echelon One (1062532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680783)

It's a good thing we made that a tag. I can't even fathom the number of other stories that applies to.

First thing I'm gonna do (2, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680825)

If I get one of these, I'm gonna tell everyone to bite my shiny metal ass.

Re:First thing I'm gonna do (1)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682061)

Maybe it's the fact that I apparently stopped maturing at age 12, but I'd think you could help restore the sex life of people in need of this device with a great robotic dildo attachment.

Re:First thing I'm gonna do (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682201)

*Whoosh* :P

Just the beginning... (1)

wuulfgar (703966) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680835)

Please dear FSM, let it one day be able to transform...I don't really care into what, just transform! And have hooks for speakers for the awesome transformer sound!

Cyberdyne? HAL? (3, Funny)

Naatach (574111) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680911)

"Japanese robot company Cyberdyne... a belted device called HAL..."

Cyberdyne? HAL?? There's no _way_ i'm strapping one of these to my crotch!

I'm sorry Dave. Hasta la Vista, baby.

what is it's power source? (4, Interesting)

brentonboy (1067468) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681017)

It doesn't look like it has a large power source--how much of it's assist is actually mechanical vs. tricks with springs and stuff that exerts force in the correct direction without any computer/electrical help?

Lucky crips (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681125)

I want something that will allow me to run at 60km/h jump 3m straight up and lift a car with my legs.

Honda assists in population control (1)

waveformwafflehouse (1221950) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681267)

so.. sperm count vs improved mobility?

Re:Honda assists in population control (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682163)

Well I'd imagine most of the people using this device are past the baby producing age.

It wasn't Honda! (2, Funny)

ale_ryu (1102077) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681441)

This idea was invented by shampoo!

stay in crouching positions? (1)

derkaderka (1246626) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682333)

"...is designed to support body weight, reduce stress on the knees and help people get up steps and stay in crouching positions"

Why do the Japanese want us to stay in crouching positions?

Re:stay in crouching positions? (1)

derkaderka (1246626) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682483)

And of course they don't show you the part that "inserts"

Re:stay in crouching positions? (1)

plover (150551) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682905)

"...is designed to support body weight, reduce stress on the knees and help people get up steps and stay in crouching positions" Why do the Japanese want us to stay in crouching positions?

Crouching. Y'know, like the tigers. And the dragons.

Actually, TFA says why: many Honda factory workers have to crouch for extended periods to perform assembly or inspections beneath automobile frames. This kind of gives them a built-in, portable chair.

Paging John Connor! (1)

LoganTeamX (738778) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683405)

Your robot soldier first drafts are ready!!!

when the batteries die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25683511)

And when the batteries die, you get a free castration!

Obligatory... (1)

finalnight (709885) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683751)

Now all we need to do is find a whiney 14 year old to pilot it!

For once, something usefull from Honda (4, Informative)

RobertinXinyang (1001181) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683881)

I worked for about ten years fixing, what else, Japanese copy machines (yes I know, a low rung of the geek ladder; but, there I was). In truth I really enjoyed the work.

However, I eventually had to quit, like many others, because of my knees. the constant kneeling and crawling got to me and I was, simply, unable to do it any more.

Many of the people I worked with used electronic pain control devices, literally, wired into their bodies. Others consumed significant quantities of pain reducers. Most eventually leave the industry depriving it of many experienced workers. Me, I am back to working on my MBA so I can join the ranks of the undereducated unemployed.

It is possible that, with devices like this, people will be able to do jobs that require frequent, un-natural, movement and positions longer and in significantly greater comfort. Remember, we are leaving the, short lived, era of retirements and pensions. People will need to be able to work far longer into their lives.

Great for Special Forces. (3, Interesting)

gizmo2199 (458329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25684609)

Uses probably not apparent to the Honda engineers: great for special forces soldiers who have to run around craggy, rocky mountainous terrain.

I'd be surprised if the US Army isn't looking into something like this for special forces who do a lot of walking and crouching.

A slightly modified design could incorporate a running assist for a soldier to quickly accelerate to 20mph while running for a sustained distance.

Re:Great for Special Forces. (1)

Jonboy X (319895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25688877)

A slightly modified design could incorporate a running assist for a soldier to quickly accelerate to 20mph while running for a sustained distance.

I was thinking that it could help me get that 20-foot vertical leap I've always wanted.

Hope They Do better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25684843)

Hope they do better with this than with their PAX tires for their vans.

PORTAL !!! (1)

recrudescence (1383489) | more than 5 years ago | (#25686751)

Heh, anyone else thought "Chell" from the Portal game as soon as they saw the picture in TFA?
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