November 13, 2013

US research begins on Honda Walking Assist Device or Stride Management Assist

Honda announced that a clinical research study of its Walking Assist Device has begun at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

At RIC, physical therapists and researchers will perform a scientific assessment of the ability of the Honda Walking Assist Device
or Stride Management Assist (SMA) to improve the mobility of patients who have experienced a stroke. This will serve as the first large scale clinical research study on the Honda Walking Assist Device to take place in the US.

The Honda Walking Assist Device is worn outside of clothing and consists of a stylish frame and battery-powered compact motors designed to assist people with reduced walking ability due to injury, illness or other causes. The device was developed by Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

"We are excited about bringing the Honda Walking Assist Device to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for research with the hope of helping adults in America recover from stroke and improve over-ground mobility," said Ryan Harty, Manager of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  "As a mobility company, Honda envisions a society where all people can experience the joy and freedom of personal mobility."

"The goal of post-stroke rehabilitation is to reintegrate individuals back to their highest level of function for employment, social and community participation. The return of mobility and walking is a crucial part of this return to function," said Arun Jayaraman, PT PhD, of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Principal Investigator in the clinical research study.

Key specifications of the Walking Assist Device
Weight - Approximately 6 lbs. (including battery)
Operating time per charge - More than 60 minutes
Battery - Lithium-ion battery, 22.2V-1Ah


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