While it might seem like something out of Star Wars, Hyundai is working on ways to help those with physical disabilities move freely again by using wearable robots. These robotic exoskeletons are part of an on-going mobility revolution that looks beyond just cars.
Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton
The H-MEX (Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton) is geared primarily toward patients with lower spinal cord injuries, with the goal of helping them walk, sit, stand, turn, move, and even go up and down stairs.
Hyundai Universal Medical Assist
A second device, called the Hyundai Universal Medical Assist (HUMA), is another exoskeleton that offers those with limited muscular power more mobility. By providing them with additional torque power, those with limited mobility will be able to move effortlessly, whether walking or running. Additionally, this device could be used for military or industrial purposes to assist with load carrying.
Hyundai Waist Exoskeleton
Finally, a third device, called the Hyundai Waist Exoskeleton (H-WEX), helps support manual labor workers who perform repetitive tasks or heavy lifting by providing upper body and hip support.
Tae Won Lim, Head of Hyundai Motor Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute, said, “We have a vision that Hyundai Motor will become more than just a manufacturer of cars and the advances we make in assistive robotic technologies will allow us to offer customers new levels of mobility freedom.”
Here at Mitchell Hyundai, we are excited to see these robotic devices put into use in real-world scenarios.