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Introducing the Robotic Wheelchair That is Your Legs For Steps, Curbs and Turns
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Introducing the Robotic Wheelchair That is Your Legs For Steps, Curbs and Turns

What do you mean that you didn’t know that one of these was on the way for those with mobility issues? Of course! We have robotic cars that tell the driver what to do. I audited them for the dealerships. I don’t trust them. They need to work out the invalidities before they kill billions of people and animals in these vehicles as of now. Now, the Robotic wheelchair that is on its way from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan will provide you a safer way to go down curbs independently.

Engineers at the Chiba Institute were very frustrated with the way that wheelchairs were made. It didn’t allow the user to go down curbs without having to bounce hard, or to make turns without help. Then add to that, having to get up and down a few outside steps. After several years of working on and perfecting this chair, they have now built a prototype that is awaiting a patent. This chair looks like a wheelchair with sensors built inside of it along with 4 wheel drive.

The wheelchair user just controls the joystick to tell it where to go. When the chair approaches a step, it’s built in sensors act accordingly maneuvering the wheels over the top of the step. This isn’t the only advantage of this chair. The robot controls bouncing in the chair, while the user is going up or down a lawn or rough terrain.

Another feature is that the chair’s wheels align in a straight row to turn and pivot in tight spaces such as a narrow hallway. The wheels behave like legs. This is new technology for those with mobility issues.

Chiba Institute is going to try the chairs out with a variety of users, to fine tune them for marketing. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on a tongue control chair for all users. This is another step up for technology. It makes for better independence for wheelchair users.

 

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  1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Smart Wheelchairs, I love it. I wonder how much these costs though
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thanks Danny. Welcome back. I read in another article where the cost of this chair is over $50,000.00. Of course they are too new to be covered by hospitalization. To break it down be affordable, the best way is to get a bank loan right now and or to ask organizations for help.
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      1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Daniel Andrei Garcia
        50,000 wow. That's 2500 front page posts on rollingwithoutlimits hahaha
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        1. pftsusan
          pftsusan
          lol.
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  2. Akanksha
    Wow..this is great. I bet with the help of science, disability would not be so hard on people!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      True. It's always the matter of being able to afford one when they first come out. then after a while, they go down in price or someone sells a used one or you saved enough money or you get one wholesale. Thank you for voting.
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  3. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Just voted. Nice job Susan. That's technology for you. What are they going to come up with next? I'm not sure. Is anyone else?
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. It's actually good that that they making the chairs more functional.
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  4. sweedly
    sweedly
    You mean this one isn't going to be advertised under the "get a wheelchair for free from medicare program?" At $50,000 you would have to be really rich to get one of these. lol . Very good blog, interesting information. Voted!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Ha ha. Thank you Sandra.
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  5. Susan Keeping
    Susan Keeping
    This is definitely the future for wheelchairs and scooters :)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      I agree. Thank you for voting.
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  6. williamsjonny
    According to the global Robotic Wheelchair Market report published by Value Market Research, the market is expected to touch USD XX.X MN by 2026, with a CAGR of X.X% growing from USD XX.X MN (by revenue) in 2019. https://www.valuemarketresearch.com/report/robotic-wheelchair-market
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