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To a healthy person who is capable of free actions, it’s impossible to imagine what obstacles would be faced when he or she becomes paralyzed from the waist down. The exoskeleton robot is a significant invention benefiting human welfare in regaining the opportunity to stand up again. When the user puts on the Wearable Walking Assistive Exoskeleton Robot, 2WA-EXO, both hands will be holding a stick in each; one of the sticks is capable of selecting the action functions, including stand up, walk and sit down. The other stick is used for activating or ceasing actions. When the user has selected the action function, this product will voice out the action selected for the user to confirm whether the desired action has been selected; after the user has confirmed, it will give out three beeps after pressing the activation button on the other stick, allowing the user to be prepared for the action.

Each year for more than 50 years, R&D Magazine has honored the 100 best innovations in research and development. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards. Innovators with an exceptional product developed between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 should apply. Submissions close May 12, 2017.

For information on the 55th Annual R&D 100 Awards visit the R&D 100 Conference website.

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