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Activelink Announces the Industry's First Hybrid Walking Assistive Device - the NINJA!

May 19, 2014

Reducing the burden of physically demanding work, expanding employment opportunities and alleviating labor shortages...

Activelink Co., Ltd., a Panasonic group company, is pursuing its research and development towards breaking down the walls of age, gender and physical strength to create a barrier-free society.

Hiromichi Fujimoto, president of Activelink, said, "Our aim is to bring the world devices that augment human strength."

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    Take Exam by A Rickshaw Puller

In April 2014, Activelink announced the industry's first* hybrid walking assistive device, the POWERLOADER light PLL-04, nicknamed the NINJA. The NINJA offers both active walking assistive control as well as passive walking control. As the wearer starts to walk, the motor assists the wearer, and the legs move forward naturally while walking. With just two motors, it has a simple design, offering both high power with low energy consumption.

Activelink has sought feedback for its powered exoskeleton from a professional walker. Be sure to check out the video below to see Activelink's NINJA in action and find out what a rickshaw puller in Nara thought of the NINJA!

*Activelink survey as of April 14, 2014

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