Japanese will soon be able to rent a robotic suit that helps people with mobility problems to move around independently, although the $2,200 monthly rental will probably put plenty of people off. Known as HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb), this computerized suit features sensors that will pick up brain signals that direct limb movement via one’s skin. HAL’s computer system is belted to the waist, where it will capture brain signals and translate them to instructions for mechanical leg braces to act accordingly. Several European nations have already expressed interest in HAL, but there is no word about a US release just yet. Hopefully as it gets more popular, the rental cost will come down as well.