Robotics

RoboEYE: A semi-autonomous and gaze-guided wheelchair

Recent technological advancements have enabled the development of new tools to assist people with different types of disabilities, allowing them to move more freely in their surroundings and complete a number of everyday ...

Robotics

Robotic trunk support assists those with spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause devastating damage, including loss of mobility and sensation. Every year, there are an estimated 17,000 new SCIs in the US alone, a rate higher than in most regions of the world. In addition, ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Augmented wheelchair effort shows admirable regard for independence

Real life in the public space is not exactly an elegant straight line. Ramps. Boxes. "Floor is Wet" signs. Store aisles calling for multiple right and left turns to reach shelves in pursuit. No small challenge for a person ...

Robotics

Rodem robotic chair takes wheelchair concept to higher level

A Japanese company has done a rethink of the wheelchair and the result is the Rodem robotic mover—we are saying "mover" instead of wheelchair because it goes beyond sitting support into direct help to accomplish daily tasks.

Engineering

When wheelchair design can take many steps up

(Tech Xplore)—The biggest gift to someone who gets around is the gift of greater independence. Lifts for wheelchairs are available but not always in proximity. Some students got together and started thinking they might ...

Other

Most commercial planes could accommodate personal wheelchairs

Many U.S. passenger airplanes could accommodate personal powered wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs often customized to the user, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. ...

Engineering

Smart tech gives a new spin on the classic wheelchair

The idea of putting furniture on wheels has been around for hundreds of years. From a custom-built chair with four small wheels used by King Phillip II of Spain in the 16th century to a German paraplegic watchmaker's wheelchair ...

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