This Device Will Make Wheelchairs Obsolete for Paraplegics (Video)
Mar 20, 2012 13:46
This man in the video looks like he's riding in a Segway, but its not. Yusuf Akturkoglu was paralyzed after falling from a horse five years ago. Now he's moving around in an amazing device invented by Turkish scientists. This is going to replace the wheelchair.
It's called the Tek Robotic Mobilization Device, and it allows people to get around more independently than any other device before. It helps them stand up on their own, which is crucial for maintaining the basic health functions in people with spinal cord injuries.
Crucial Standing Assistance
The Tek RMD enters from the back of the device, so that they don't have to hoist themselves with a momentum that can be dangerous, and its also hard to impossible to do it alone. By attaching a thick padded strap around the hips, Yusuf can maneuver himself into the Tek RMD on his own, and it uses a device suspension system that will balance the weight s he can stand up with just a gentle pull.
Standing for an hour or more every day is important for people who have lost movement in their legs because if they don't, they can develop cardiovascular problems, brittle bones, pressure sores and other psychological importance of eye to eye interpersonal contact.
Yusuf is handling the device himself without any help, and the device helps him maneuver around a bookstore and does the same in the bathroom too. The ability to squat down and easily come back to standing is key. And while standing, Yusef's hands are free to carry groceries or do whatever else he might need them to.
The makers of Tek RMD says it's the most compact device of its kind, and it will allow people to navigate in crowded places without knocking over and into people and things around them. The users of this device still need ramps in place of stairs but it definitely is a better option than a bulky wheelchair.
The Tek RMD comes in five sizes and it will be on the market in Turkey this week, and the company is looking for outlets in Europe and the United States, where it will cost about $15,000.