The idea of using a robotic arm to help stroke victims regain their strength must be a popular one with researchers, since there are now at least two being developed. In addition to Arizona State University's RUPERT I, scientists at Kobe Gakuin University in Japan have created a mesh jacket that uses sensors to detect movements by a healthy arm, and then mimics those efforts via robotics on the other side of the body. Researchers hope to be able to commercialize the device within the next two years, at a price of about ¥250,000 ($2,164). At that price, this could catch on with more than stroke victims; we see the market for exoskeleton couture taking off in a big way once this is out.
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