When I said that I believe that a wheelchair is coming that users can stand and walk, in this post, I didn’t think that it already exists. Surprise! Turkish Scientists have developed the Tek Robotic Mobilization Device (RMD).
Every year, across the world, over 320,000 young people and others suffer spinal cord injuries. They come from falls, strokes and gunshot wounds. On a daily basis they need to stand for an hour a day for exercise because these injuries lead to heart disease, bowel and bladder dysfunctions and other diseases that also crew medical expenses not covered by hospitalization as well.
The wheelchair has been pushed along since its invention, over 100 years ago, for the betterment of independence for the user. Until lately, the problem is that most of the chairs are front loaders while the user is sitting or lying with their back not facing the chair, to get into it each day, which is a very dangerous situation. They either need the help of others not to fall or lose their balance getting into the chair or they have to develop more than enough upper body strength to push up and twist their body to get in, without falling while the chair is in the locked position. The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device was developed to eliminate all these problems. With this, the user can back load the chair by locking in the pad and the belt first, to stand. Then adjust the handles to pull themselves in the standing position, facing forward into the machine and complete the lock in. This was made simplified and easier to do. Users can do this by themselves.
The machine is a quarter sized wheelchair, allowing the user to be in nonhandicapped regulated areas with able bodied people while also being on eye level with them. It also allows them to do the daily tasks that abled body people take for granted like reaching for groceries on the top shelf in the store. It gets in and out of narrow spaces with ease. The chair operates by advanced technology, a gas spring, a motor and battery.
The RMD was released in Turkey in March 2012. The head scientist of the team is Necati Hacikadiroglu. At the time, they were looking to market them in the US and Europe. Right now, it’s expected to be marketed in the US at the end of 2013.
Yusak Akturko, who suffered a T7 spinal cord injury, around six years ago, leaving his lower body paralyzed, models his life with his chair in the videos. Don’t get rid of your old wheelchairs because Yusak shows you how to use them to back load your RMD. Plus you will still need them for when your RMD is in repairs.
Disclaimer: As always, check with your Doctors before ordering the Tek RMD for yourself.
Ref: The Tek RMD and Videos. Enjoy the videos.
Photo: Compliments of Yusak Akturko
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