mechanical legs that reduce strains of walking, standing and crouching

Bodyweight Support Assist

The machine is more a passive support device than it is a set of active robot limbs, though it does have a small electric motor.Details are a bit sparse for the time being, but Honda claims that the legs transparently reduce the strains of walking, standing and crouching, and should be "as easy to use as a bicycle." Uses will not be limited to assisting mobility for seniors. Honda claims that one of the most practical uses for the legs would be at factories, where workers may have to assume repetitive, uncomfortable postures. The device is still in its experimental stages, but Honda plans to start testing early models on its factory workers as soon as next month.

Source: gizmodo.comAdded: 23 August 2009