Six years back we covered the amazing 3.4 meter bi-pedal exoskeleton from Japan known as the Landwalker.
Imagine our surprise when we found that it’s producer, machinery and robotics manufacturer Sakakibara-Kikai, has developed a smaller exoskeleton called the Kid’s Walker. It didn’t get that name because of its diminutive size either – the Kid’s Walker is a functioning bi-pedal exoskeleton designed to be piloted by children!
A representative with the company said that the smaller exoskeleton was developed in response to so many children requesting rides in the much larger Land Walker. Thinking that would be just a little too dangerous for children to pilot, the company set out to build the Kid’s Walker.
Sakakibara-Kikai was careful to implement appropriate safety features, with the hand grip controls outfitted with a safety that limits the movement to an acceptable level. The Kid’s Walker doesn’t really walk either, but rather it shuffles along in a very stable sort of step/roll motion should be fine for children to handle.
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