Honda Bodyweight Support Assist Device Selected for Innovation Exhibit at Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Honda’s experimental Bodyweight Support Assist walking assist device will be showcased in the National Design Triennial “Why Design Now?” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York, NY, from May 14, 2010, through January 9, 2011.
The exhibition of design innovation will showcase the work of designers from around the world that demonstrate the value of design in helping solve some of society’s most urgent human and environmental problems including sustainability, accessibility, universality, fair trade, conservation, health, education, creative capitalism, and underserved audiences.

The designers are being recognized for enhancing human experience by inventing solutions that are as beautiful as they are just.

Honda developed the Bodyweight Support Assist device to help support bodyweight to reduce the load on the user’s legs while walking, going up and down stairs and in a semi-crouching position. The device reduces the load on leg muscles and joints utilizing an easy-to-use structure consisting of a seat, frame and shoes.

Unique Honda technologies include mechanisms that direct the assisting force toward the user’s center of gravity and control the assist force in concert with the movement of the legs – making it possible for the device to provide natural assistance in various postures and motions.

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