The whole system is based on a simple principle: the walking assist device reduced the load on leg muscles by supporting a part of the bodyweight, using the integrated seat, frame and shoes.
“Honda developed a unique mechanism where the seat and frame follow the movement of the body and legs. The assisting force will be directed toward the use's center of gravity, just as with human legs, which enables the device to provide assistance in various movements and postures including walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position,” the Japanese manufacturer said in a press statement.
The device is still in testing for the time being but Honda says that it may reach mass production in the next few months. “To evaluate the effectiveness of the experimental model of the walking assist device with bodyweight support system, Honda will test the walking assist device at its Saitama Factory (in Sayama, Saitama) starting this month,” it stated.