Professor Minoru Hashimoto and his research group of the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University, exhibited “curara®”- robotic wear that is worn externally to assist with movements in daily life – at Int. Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2015, held at Tokyo Big Sight from October 7 to 9, 2015.

This was its third appearance at an Int. Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition. Each year, Professor Hashimoto and his colleagues exhibit the latest model of curara®. Making its debut at this year’s exhibition was a model which integrates both upper and lower limbs called Model 3, giving the many attendees a sense of the steady progress being made toward practical application of this technology.

In addition to the usual exhibitions and demonstrations, this year also featured a corner in which attendees could try on curara® and experience its advanced capabilities for themselves.

As well as making curara® even smaller and lighter, Professor Hashimoto and his colleagues intend to make further improvements toward its practical application, such as by enabling individuals to put it on by themselves, as well as measures for enhanced knee bending. Shinshu University’s Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research has started up its “Walking Assistance Cyborg Project.” As curara® is one of this project’s fundamental technologies, it is leading the way in new developments that include ultra-downsizing and lightening.