Cyberdyne has started mass production of its HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb), this mech suit promises to increase your arm and leg strength by as much as tenfold. The Japanese company, which borrows its name from the Terminator movies, plans to make 400 units a year for around $4,200 each. One of the major applications for these suits will be to let elderly people with moving disabilities walk again.
The suit is truly revolutionary in that its the first publicly offered suit to increase the strength of both arms and legs to superhuman levels -- over ten times the strength of an average human. The suit has special pads which attach to muscles and detect electrical signals form the brain. As the muscle moves, so does the suit, augmenting the power of movements. Special care is taken to respect the range of motion and not go too fast, so as not to damage delicate tendons, ligaments, and bones.
In short, the new suit allows an average human to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. Cyberdyne describes its revolutionary product, stating:
When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to wearer’s daily activities.