Cyberdyne Is Near My House!

By Donald Ash | Articles

I’m pretty sure most of you are familiar with the Terminator films, right?  Well, when I came to Japan I was shocked to find out that not only is Cyberdyne a real company, but they specialize in robotics, and they’re main office is a 3-minute train ride away. There is also a Cyberdyne showcase at the mall.  It didn’t realize Judgment Day was really going to happen…

Cyberdyne’s slogan is “Leading Edge of Cybernics” that’s what the website said anyway.  What word does cybernics sound like?  To me it sounds like Cybernetics.  In the Terminator 2 film when Arnold Schwarzenegger (Cyberdyne Systems Model 101) is explaining what he is, he says “I am a cybernetic organism, living tissue over a metal endoskeleton…”  Pretty freaky, huh?

But in all seriousness, Cyberdyne is based in Tsukuba, Japan, also known as “Science City.”  The reason I think Tsukuba got that nickname is because there are hundreds of researchers living here.  I teach English, and in large part, my adult students are researchers.  Cyberdyne caught my attention while I was walking through IIAS, my local mall.  I saw an ad promotion of a man wearing a strange robotic suit, so I looked into it a bit.  It turns out that this suit is meant to increase a human’s strength capacity.  This suit is called the HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb)…isn’t HAL from the Metal Gear video game?

Anyway the suit does have an altruistic purpose behind it.  Professor Yohiyuki Sankai of Tsukuba University (which is also very close to my apartment) did have an altruistic motive in creating the HAL.  The suit is designed to help the elderly and disabled walk more easily. I must say that the demonstrations of the suit are extremely cool.  Not only does it help people walk effectively, but it can also make a human up to five times stronger.  As the technology develops even further, who knows what this machine will be able to do?

Pretty amazing,

Donald Ash

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Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
  • I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post..

  • this was brilliant thanks

  • Donald Ash

    I don’t get as many visitors as you might think, but thank you so much for the compliment. I hope that someday people will get something from what I write and visit more often. As far as promotion goes, I haven’t done anything…honestly. You’re absolutely right, good, authentic content is key. I want to make sure I’m providing good stuff on a regular basis, and then maybe think about promoting my blog later. I truly appreciate your feedback, Ron.

  • nihonsuki

    the only HAL I know of is a psychotic system controlling a spaceship in the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey… still disturbing, though

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