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Japan robot suit HAL gets global safety certificate

Published on Feb 27, 2013 3:45 PM
Japan's robotics venture Cyberdyne employees wear the robot-suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) as they walk on a street in Tokyo for a demonstration. HAL was given a global safety certification on Feb 27, 2013, paving the way for the nation's cutting-edge human robotic technology worldwide. --FILE PHOTO PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan on Wednesday, paving the way for its worldwide rollout.

The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, is a power-assisted pair of legs developed by Japanese robot maker Cyberdyne, which has also developed similar robot arms.

A quality assurance body issued the certificate based on a draft version of an international safety standard for personal robots that is expected to be approved later this year, the ministry for the economy, trade and industry said.

The metal-and-plastic exoskeleton has become the first nursing-care robot certified under the draft standard, a ministry official said.

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