Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd announced June 9, 2010, that it has constructed a convenience store equipped with a lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery system in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
The company installed photovoltaic (PV) batteries, Li-ion rechargeable batteries, LED lighting equipment and an energy management system to use solar energy for the lighting equipment and refrigerators in the store. Also, the rechargeable batteries store surplus electricity to equalize the power load.
No, no…not the computationally murderous compulsive HAL from that space adventure, but HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Cybernetic Suit from Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan, in conjunction with Daiwa House. The companies have begun mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit that augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.
The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit works by detecting faint bio-electrical signals using pads placed on specific areas of the body. The pads move the HAL suit accordingly.
Among the potential applications, Cyberdyne is emphasizing helping people with movement disabilities, augmenting strength for difficult industrial tasks, disaster rescue, and entertainment.
The HAL suit is not currently available. But according to Nikkei News, Daiwa and Cyberdyne are planning an annual production of 400 units and they should be marketed at approximately $4,200 US dollars.