HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is a powered exoskeleton that can assist in daily activities in a rehabilitative capacity, or magnify the strength of the user by a factor of 10.
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HAL intercepts muscle signals and moves your limbs before you have a chance to.
In 2004, Professor Yoshiyuki Sankai, head of the Cybernics Lab at the University of Tsukuba, founded Cyberdyne to commercialize its HAL robotic suit. Over the years, Sankai and his team have improved the exoskeleton performance, expanded the company's product line, and carried out a steady commercialization program, first in Japan and then in Europe. In 2018, Cyberdyne received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin offering its HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) lower-body exoskeleton to users in the United States.