DailyDirt: Advances In Wheelchair Technology

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There are nearly 6 million people in the US living with some form of paralysis. Despite some controversy, the FDR memorial has a statue of the president sitting in a wheelchair. Wheelchairs have been around for over a hundred years, but technology could improve how they work. Here are just a few examples.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Exoskeletons for paralyzed people are happening all over the world.

Israeli Exoskeleton Suit Enables Paralayzed People To Walk
Berkeley Bionics: Introducing eLEGS
Hercule Exoskeleton Receives Arms
Robotic exoskeleton at PERCRO lab (Pisa, Italy)
Rex user – Hayden Allen 1
Ekso Bionics’ exoskeleton for paraplegics

Now I would like to see an exoskeleton married to an omnidirectional wheel, so if I stand up I can walk and if I kneel the wheels roll me to wherever I need to go, it could be four or just two wheels.

I also wonder why there is no 2 wheels chairs.

Yasmine says:

Let’s hope we limit issuance of these expensive, state-of-the art mobility devices to those people who actually need them. There’s not a damned thing wrong with either one of my parents, and both of them are now driving around town in those freaking old geezer scooters, paid for in full by Medicare. About ten years ago, my mother said to me during a Mother’s Day buffet brunch, watching as morbidly obese people zoomed around the buffet in their scooters, “Please shoot me in the head, at close range, if you ever see me with one of those things.”

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