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Cyberdyne's robotic leg suit headed to massive US medical market

HAL for Medical Use, a robotic movement-assistance suit, is used for rehabilitation in Germany. (Photo courtesy of Cyberdyne)

TOKYO -- Japanese technology venture Cyberdyne is preparing to release a robotic movement-assistance suit in the U.S., the world's largest medical equipment market.

     The product, called HAL for Medical Use, is designed to help patients who have lost the ability to walk due to a stroke or spinal cord injury. Cyberdyne filed an application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday, seeking approval to sell the wearable contraption in the country. Permission is expected to be granted as early as next spring.

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