Japanese scientists develop 'robot suit'

Suits that can read users' brain signals and then send signals to a set of mechanical leg braces can be rented from Friday for $3,000 AUD per month.

Japanese scientists have developed a robotic suit that can read brain signals to help people with limited mobility walk around.

The suits have been named HAL after the acronym 'Hybrid Assistive Limb'. They will soon be available for rent at the price of 225,000 yen [$3,000 AUD] per month.

An attached computer reads users' brain signals and sends movement commands to mechanical braces strapped to the thighs and knees.

The HAL suits will be mass-produced by fledgeling company Cyberdyne.

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