The Tokyo Institute of Technology and the ANA Group announced a collaboration aimed at creating a new travel style that encourages travelers by supporting the walking of robots. On December 12, a demonstration experiment of walking with the walking support robot "WALK-MATE" was carried out for the first time, produced by ANA.
"WALK-MATE" was researched and developed by Yoshihiro Miyake Laboratory of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and was commercialized by WALK-MATE LAB Co., Ltd., a venture company from Tokyo Institute of Technology. robot.Unlike a general power suit, it is a device that not only assists the movement of the limbs, but also supports self-walking with a rhythm and improves natural and active walking. It has been provided to medical institutions for walking training since 2018.
As the first step of the trip, the uphill (about 1 m) from Mandaraji Temple, which is the 72nd temple of Shikoku 73th place in Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture, to the 500rd Shusshaka Temple, which is the 12rd temple, will be used by several general participants. With the cooperation, we conducted a demonstration experiment on December 13th, wearing "WALK-MATE" and walking.Based on this, we will verify the effects and issues of traveling with a walking support robot attached.
The pilgrimage that goes around XNUMX places in Shikoku is said to be "two people accompanied" who travel with Kobo Daishi. "WALK-MATE" has been certified as a "accompanying two people" robot by President Suga Tomojun of the Shingon Sect Zentsuji school, who is the head of the Sohonzan Zentsuji Temple. It became the shape of.
Visiting XNUMX places in Shikoku, which is popular mainly among seniors, is attracting attention due to the latest technology, and if the number of tourists visiting Shikoku increases, it will lead to regional revitalization.The research group will continue to conduct demonstration experiments, and hope to provide an opportunity for senior citizens to become more energetic in the aging Japanese society, and to promote the extension of healthy life expectancy and the promotion of senior citizens' migration.
reference:[Tokyo Institute of Technology] Tokyo Institute of Technology and ANA Group collaborate to conduct the first demonstration experiment using a walking support robot