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. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2013 @ 5:25pm

    Honda's walking assist robot!


    This probably won't work for paraplegics, but maybe?

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2013 @ 7:36pm

    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.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2013 @ 8:18pm

    Dean Kamens iBOT wheelchair was in my opinion one of the better ideas out there, the daddy of the Segway.

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    The baker, May 1st, 2013 @ 10:18pm

    Didn't Captain Pike have one of those wheel chairs?
    His had the fancy cowling installed though.

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:07am

    A Tongue Can Be The Functional Equivalent Of Two Fingers...

    ...if you split it.

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    Yasmine, May 2nd, 2013 @ 2:45am

    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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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 3rd, 2013 @ 5:19pm

    Response to: Yasmine on May 2nd, 2013 @ 2:45am

    So do the kind thing ! Or at least disconnect the battery !

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