Japanese companies, including major auto manufacturers, are investing in exoskeletons to aid people with disabilities and meet the needs of an aging society. Cyberdyne's robotic suit, called Hybrid Assistive Limb, is being used in some Japanese hospitals and nursing homes and has been approved as a medical device in Europe. Yaskawa Electric, maker of industrial robots, will market the ReWalk exoskeleton from Israel's Argo Medical. Carmakers Toyota and Honda are testing devices to assist disabled or paralyzed patients or those recovering from strokes.

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