Toyota Announces the Launch of Welwalk WW-2000
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Toyota Announces the Launch of Welwalk WW-2000

Toyota Announces the Launch of Welwalk WW-2000

On November 21, 2019, Japanese auto major Toyota announced the launch of its new Welwalk WW-2000, a robot designed to provide rehabilitation support to individuals with lower-limb paralysis as a result of stroke and other causes. 

The company has started accepting the orders for the new model in November 2019 and planned to start the delivery by February 2020 onwards. The new Welwalk WW-2000 upgrades the various features of the prior model (the Welwalk WW-1000), namely the rehabilitation support functions based on motor learning theory and the ease of use in clinical settings. Specifically, it adds functions that display assistance settings in real-time to improve abnormal gait as well as a game function that helps maintain motivation so patients continue their rehabilitation efforts. The adoption of these new functions reduces burdens on therapists compared to the previous model while providing more efficient walking training to patients.

The prior model — Welwalk WW-1000 — was provided on a rental basis to the medical institutions, but in light of requests from healthcare institutions and market assessments, the Welwalk WW-2000 will be made available for purchase with the aim of improving the overall quality of service. In addition, production will be implemented at the Motomachi Plant, with a sales target of 50 units sold to medical institutions annually.

The Timeline

  • Since 2007, Toyota has been developing rehabilitation assist robots in collaboration with Fujita Health University. 
  • In 2011, pilot testing of robots in healthcare settings and clinical research at medical institutions commenced.
  • In 2017, rental of the Welwalk WW-1000, which was the first Toyota product to receive approval as a medical device, commenced. 
  • The Welwalk WW-1000 received the 8th Robot Award in 2018, and to date, it has been used at approximately 80 medical institutions in Japan. 
  • In November 2019, Welwalk WW-2000 launched.

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