There is an amazing new robotic wheelchair that enables you to stand.
This extraordinary mobility device is bringing a new life to people with some types of disability such as paraplegia, herniated discs, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy, to name a few.
We are excited to be sharing it with our readers as so many working carers care for people with limiting physical disabilities who would normally be restricted to sitting in a manual or power wheelchair.
The Tek RMD (Robotic Mobilisation Device) gives unprecedented freedom to people as a user can stand (secured by special supports) and get around with ease. It is a huge improvement over a standard wheelchair and has the potential to revolutionise the lives of some people with disability, enabling them to get around more freely and carry out daily tasks independently, while also providing the chance for eye level communication.
The Tek RMT is significantly smaller than a wheelchair and it is mounted from the back. It can be summoned using a remote control. The suspension system balances the user’s weight, allowing them to stand with just a gentle pull. The device’s inventors say it contributes to the user's health as well as their emotional wellbeing, making it much more than a wheelchair.
Being confined to a seated position increases the risk of blood clots, blood pressure abnormalities and kidney and urinary problems. Paraplegics often lose bone mass in their legs, which puts them at a greater risk of fractures.
The patented Tek Robotic Mobilization Device is not a wheelchair alternative, but a brand-new mobility platform that completely reimagines the way individuals with paraplegia and other walking disabilities are able to move in the world. The ability to independently and safely sit, stand, and navigate environments that were once inaccessible, is now possible, safe, and available to buy in most countries of the world.
The Turkish production company, Matia Robotics, is taking international reservations for the Tek RMD on their website http://www.matiarobotics.com
Final pricing is expected to be approximately US$24,999. The device is primarily designed for use indoors. Delivery time is 3-5 months from order. There are plans for the device to be available in Australia but so far there has been no distributer named.
Here is some information about the device from the company’s website.
Boarding from the back
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 board the device securely from behind the device. 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.
Standing up and health
As a mandatory daily exercise, paraplegic people must stay in a standing position for approximately one hour every day. This exercise is of vital importance for preserving the body’s health. Existing devices for standing up are either very slow or require too much effort. In contrast, it is very easy and quick to stand up and sit down with Tek Robotic Mobilization Device. The suspension system containing gas spring balances the weight of the user so that standing up requires just a gentle pull. From the moment they wake up, users can board the device and stand up without needing assistance from others. This comfort encourages the users to stand up countless times, and to do various daily activities while standing up.
Correct standing position
Standing wheelchair-like devices that can move while standing up, usually cannot lift their users to a fully upright position. HKAFO (long leg braces) like walking aids can only be used with canes or walkers. To maintain his/her balance while using these devices the user must manually hold these canes or walkers. In contrast, Tek Robotic Mobilization Device holds the user in an upright position while leaving his hands free. This position makes it possible for the user to reach everywhere with free hands and perform many daily tasks such as cooking, washing dishes, ironing, etc. comfortably in environments that are typically not set up for people with physical handicaps. Movements that require both hands, such as carrying a tray can be easily done with the use of the remote control. Additionally, the user can enjoy being at eye level with other people in his/her daily life.
Dimensions and Weight
Presently Tek Robotic Mobilization Device is the world’s smallest motorized standing movement device. It is only 16.3" wide and 29.5" long (42 cm X 75 cm) and weighs 242.5 lbs (110 kg). With these dimensions, it covers only one third of the space of a small wheelchair. This way users can pass through many narrow spaces which they cannot pass through with a wheelchair of an average width of 60 cm. They can also reach places in their home and offices, which is not possible with any other device. Despite its narrow dimensions, Tek Robotic Mobilization Device is an exceptionally well-balanced device. It grabs the users from the balance points and prevents any misuse or unwanted movements that would result in a loss of balance. Correct standing position and balance are preserved by Tek Robotic Mobilization Device at all times.
We are again taking reservations for the Tek RMD. To place an order, please click the "Reserve Now" button below. Final pricing is expected to be approximately $24,999 U.S. Delivery time is 3-5 months from order and depending on availability in your market. Deposits are fully refundable minus a $100 processing fee.
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