Mobility technology has historically been limited to wheelchairs. But the aging global population is leading companies like Honda and Panasonic to envision new technology combining robotics and even mind control to give mobility-limited individuals freedom. Here's what to expect.
Click through the photos to get a tour of technology in various stages of development aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities. You'll notice most of the technology comes from Japan, which is becoming one of the oldest countries in the world yet has a shortage of care workers.
Product: Toyota Mind Control Wheelchair Prototype
How It Improves Mobility: Developed by researchers at Riken and Toyota, the machine uses a Brain Machine Interface (BMI) system to read brain waves in order to control smooth left and right turns, as well as forward and reverse turning. A mind control wheelchair makes a lot of sense.
Stage of Development Prototype.