Walking Assist

Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

Honda Walking Assist Device, originally Honda Walking Assist – Stride Manager, is a hip only powered exoskeleton.  Its goal is to facilitate walking by providing additional force to swing the legs with each step.

In 2015, the Honda Walking Assist Device went on lease sale to businesses in Japan.  Sales for the unit are scheduled to commence later.

Description

The Honda Walking Assist Device (Stride Manager) builds on the company’s experience with walking robots (example ASIMO).  The Walking Assist Device has been in research since 1999.

This exo is based on the inverted pendulum model, which is a theory of bipedal walking and is designed as a device to be used in the training of walking.  The onboard controller activates motors based on data obtained from hip angle sensors.   The main goal is to improve the symmetry of the timing of each leg lifting from the ground and extending forward.  It also promotes a longer stride for easier walking.

The Honda wearable robot weights 2.7 kg (6 lb).  It is built using proprietary motors and control system.  It is a minimalistic design attached to the body with simple straps.  The device is made to be highly adaptable to various body sizes.


Honda, Minato, Tokyo, Japan, website

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15 reviews for Walking Assist

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cecília Eloy Neves

    How can I buy one of this?

    • Bobby Marinov

      To the best of our team’s knowledge, the Honda Walking Assist is not available for purchase or rent in the US yet.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kiran

    Is it available in India ? Would you be able to ship it to India ?

    • Bobby Marinov

      Hello. Please contact the appropriate manufacturer of the exoskeleton system that interests you directly.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Hello…. I want to buy it for my mom …. i live in Holland
    From where can I. Buy it???

    • Bobby Marinov

      The device recently won the CE mark of approval, please reach out to the manufacturer, Honda for more information.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ankit Mishra

    Hello…i am Ankit from India I have been unable to walk in last 3 years Does this device help to walk ….. My both legs are very much spastic- so please inform that

    • Bobby Marinov

      Dear Ankit, yes this device is designed to help with walking. For more detailed information, please contact the manufacturer, Honda. Honda – India contact information can be found here: https://www.hondacarindia.com/contact-us, though most likely they will send you to the Japanese headquarters for wearable robotics questions.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    can I buy this product in Canada?

    • Bobby Marinov

      At the moment, no. At least not to our knowledge. Please reach out to Honda directly for more up to date information on the subject.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glenn Ozburn

    I see that this assist has motors on each side of the hip. What is the primary energy source for these motors and where are they located? If it is batteries, is this rechargeable or do you have to replace batteries and how often? Thanks

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anantha Mahendran

    Hi, I am trying to purchase this product for use in India. When I try to contact Honda cars India contact number they donot hold any information on this product. Is there a way you could suggest to get in touch with the manufacturers. Any suggestions on the price

    • Bobby Marinov

      Hi Anantha, I am sorry that you have trouble getting to the manufacturer. Right now we can’t help with either question but stay tuned.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Rojas

    Hello, do you guys maybe have an idea when will it be available in the US?

    • Bobby Marinov

      Unfortunately, we don’t know when this product will be made available in the US.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Is it available in Greece or Europe?

    • Bobby Marinov

      It should be available for purchase in Europe. Please check with the manufacturer directly.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Miren Aguirre

    Please, when will it be available in Mexico?

    • Bobby Marinov

      Hello Miren, our team doesn’t know when the device will be available in Mexico but we do know that Mexico has its own exoskeleton companies such as Roki.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Solange

    Fantastic ! When it will be available in Brazil ?
    Where in Europe you can buy it ?
    Is there a weight limit ?
    Are elderly people using it in Japan ?

    • Bobby Marinov

      At the moment the information is unclear. Several readers have e-mailed that they are having trouble connecting with Honda regarding use and sales information. This is a brand new technology and market, so some delays are to be expected. Stay tuned for more information.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kartikeya Mande

    Hi!I am from India .My mom is a stroke patient and she is unable to walk for 4 months and I want to buy this machine Is it available in india.Please help me with the contact number number and email ID
    Please need your help

    • Bobby Marinov

      Hi, I am sorry to hear this about your mom. At the last WearRAcon, we discovered that there is a government pilot program to bring exoskeletons to rehabilitation centers. Stay tuned for more information. Until then, don’t despair. At this point, exoskeletons for rehabilitation are just another tool for physical therapists. Your mom can still make a recovery even without these wearables.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    E. Williams

    Hi Would love to purchase one of the Honda Power assist where can I ?WONDERFUL!

    • Bobby Marinov

      Hi Williams, not entirely sure at this point. This is the number one asked question that we have.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Hi Mr marinov. I want to buy it for my dad. i live in iran
    From where can I Buy it?

    • Bobby Marinov

      Hi Sara. Your best bet is to contact the manufacturers directly. FYI: there are at least two universities in Iran that have developed their own exoskeletons. I am not sure if any of them are for sale. Even if not, that could be an excellent starting point for researching what is available for use in Iran.

  15. Paul

    It seems that Honda did a research project but they have no idea how to market it. They are trying it out in Japan.
    It leased for 36 months for about 365 a month. Ok. I am still lnterested. Lots of people want it. I have stroke damage and it seems to be just what I need. It could free me from using the electric carts in the grocery stores and maybe I could walk the dogs again. In the long run Honda can get all its R and D money back lf they make it inexpensive. I would say 1-2 thousand dollars. There wil always be a market for it as there will always be disabled people.

    • Bobby Marinov

      Well said Paul! There will always be a market and Honda have spent decades with robotic walking and it is about time they started making some of their R&D money back.

      Personally, and this is just my opinion, I don’t think Honda doesn’t know how to market it as much as how uncharted a territory this is. For example, you buy a motorcycle, you know what the risk is. If you fall from a Honda motorcycle, through legal precedence, you know when it is your fault and when you can blame the manufacturer. That’s not really the case with wearable robots. What is really the expectation for the device? What is the risk of using it? Are there any side effect from prolonged use for 1,2,5 years. I think a company with a reputation to safeguard like Honda will let some smaller companies test the waters first; they just don’t appear to be in a hurry.

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