2014 年 6 月 のアーカイブ

3390 A ‘Developing’ Wheelchair

2014 年 6 月 4 日 水曜日
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A wheelchair is one of assistive technology. A wheelchair assists people who cannot walk well by themselves for a variety of reasons. It is very convenient for them to use a wheelchair, but that is not always the case. For example, if they have to pass a narrow pathway, a wheelchair could be barrier because of its width.

However, a special wheelchair called “Chariot” which uses most advanced technology is under development. It is designed to ride standing like Segway. Its sensor reads the movement of trunk and hips of users. So it gives problem-free operation. Moreover, it takes up narrower space as compared with the conventional, and both hands become available.

Unfortunately, this device is not yet accomplished, so I hope that it will be put to practical use.