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The young man in this video looks like he's riding a Segway. But Yusuf Akturkoglu was paralyzed after falling from a horse five years ago, and he's being mobilized by an amazing device invented by Turkish scientists. It's going to change lives.
It's called the Tek Robotic Mobilization Device, and it not only allows people who can't walk get around more independently than any device has before, but it also helps them stand up on their own, which is crucial for maintaining basic health functions in people who have spinal cord injuries.
New Device Makes Wheelchairs Obsolete
Looks like they are around $15K USD for one and went on sale in turkey last month. Story I read says they will be available to US and Europe soon.
That is awesome!!! I watched a show years ago in which they were working on a wheelchair that could raise people up to a standing position and many of them were brought to tears at being able to see and communicate with people at eye level. We all take it for granted, but having to view the world from a seated position is disconnecting and borderline humiliating. It would be great to see that become a thing of the past.
Regrow that dudes friggin' spine, then I'll be impressed.
I refuse to be impressed with trickled down technology that placates us and causes us all to stand in wonderment.
Nice to see people that are physically restricted now have real options - we need to be pouring more money into this type of research vs the military.
Here is a relative thread on Bionics that will be used to assist the disabled with mobility. It seems this Segway will be available sooner and probably cost less. Man if there anything should be free, it is these devices that can make such huge differences in people's lives. I would much rather some of my taxes go to these efforts than war.