We’ve been seeing a number of creative design ideas to replace traditional wheelchairs. A totally new kind of device from Turkish company AMS Mekatronic was just introduced that slightly echoes the idea of the Segway. Instead of being seated, the user stands straight in the Tek Robotic Mobilization Device, but can crouch down to be able to reach things near the feet.
Because the device is located in front of the person, unlike a wheelchair which is below and behind, getting into it and transferring back to a seating position looks less like a circus trick.
Here’s more from the product page, and be sure to check out the video below to see the Tek RMD in action:
One of the main problems of any wheelchair is that, it can only be front-mounted. This is a problem because wherever a person is sitting, like a couch, bed, toilet seat or a chair, his front side is always free and his body is always resting on his back. For this reason paraplegic people have to lift their body with their arms and throw themselves onto their wheelchairs in order to transfer their body from a bed or a chair. This motion of throwing the body is difficult, dangerous, and almost impossible to do without assistance, especially for older and/or overweight people. On the other hand Tek Robotic Mobilization Device can be pulled easily by the user and the user can mount onto the device securely from its back. Mounting and dismounting the device can be done successfully in a much safer way since the user is doing so while in a seated position.
Product page: Tek RMD
(hat tip: Gizmodo)