Monday, February 28, 2011

Tibion's Exoskeleton: Video Demonstration

This is a video demonstration of a journalist testing a leg exoskeleton. Unlike Hal, Rewalk, Rex and eLegs, this type of exoskeleton is not meant to be used permanently, but rather as a training device to be used in rehab centers and help people with strokes to improve their ability to walk.

You can read the article that the journalist shown in the video wrote for xconomy.

As I watch this video, I am reminded of the mobile telephones of the 1990's which were so big you had to carry them around in a huge case. If you forgot what that looked like, watch this Radio Shack Commercial

Just a decade ago, mobile phones were huge and clunky, but seemed very futuristic. Today, this seems almost laughable.

Similarly in just a decade ago, the large, clunky, noisy exoskeletons of today will be obsolete. Exoskeletons will be small enough to wear under loose fitting clothing.

More information about exoskeletons for wheelchair users can be found on the Exoskeleton website.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Video: HAL Exoskeleton For Wheelchair Users

How Does The HAL Exoskeleton Work?

If you are wondering how the HAL exoskeleton for wheelchair users work, watch this video. It is probably the best video report I have seen which offers and overview of the function and marketing of the HAL exoskeleton for wheelchair users.

Read more about the Hal Exoskeleton For Wheelchair users on the Exoskeleton website.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Want a Customised or Refurbished Wheelchair?

Are you in the market for a refurbished customised wheelchair? Sport-Mobility, a company based in Warwickshire, UK buys, sells, customises and refurbishes new and used sport/everyday wheelchairs.

Here is how it works. Either the customer provides a wheelchair that needs refurbishing, or Sport-Mobility will provide it. So, for example, a customer that has a wheelchair that needs either refurbishing or customising to their specification may contact Sport-Mobility. The work may involve a complete strip of the chair to enable them to re-powdercoat the wheelchair frame to a colour of the customers choice. The customer may also choose new upholstery, new wheels, forks and casters. Sport-Mobility can supply customised accessories from such companies as Spinergy, Schwalbe, Frog Legs etc. They often have second hand wheels and parts if customer is on a budget. The wheelchair is also refurbished in terms of frame repairs, new bearings, nuts and bolts etc.

Or on the other hand, Sport-Mobility also buys many Sport/Everyday wheelchairs in new or used condition and customise these to either their own specification or to customer's specifications.

Sport-Mobility can also modify wheelchairs to users with different needs, eg. frame modifications, seat height modifications, push handle fitments, footplate modifications etc.

How did Sport-Mobility come to be? Paul, the owner of the company has a brother who is a quadriplegic from a car crash in 1983. With the increase in wheelchair users wanting to own a lightweight customised wheelchair to suit their personality, the demand for less expensive, refurbished wheelchairs increased and Paul's business has been growing. Sport-Mobility has been customising and refurbishing wheelchairs since 2005.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Exoskeleton Information For Wheelchair Users Now In Spanish Language

After launching an English language and a French language exoskeleton website, we are now pleased to launch a website with information about exoskeletons for wheelchair users entirely in Spanish language. The new website is named Exoesqueleto. Exoesqueleto has been professionally translated from our English language exoskeleton website in order to provide information about this exciting new assistive technology to people from Europe and North, Central and South America who use wheelchairs and would like to have information about exoskeletons for wheelchair users (Los exoesqueletos robóticos para los usuarios de sillas de ruedas).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wheelchair User Wins Suit Over Insult

A wheelchair user from the UK, Brian Davies, heard his boss refer to him by the name "Ironside". Ironside was a 70s television program about a wheelchair using police detective.

Mr Davies felt that the comment was derogetory and took his boss and the company he worked for to court. The court agreed with Mr Davies and awarded him GBP 6,000 (nearly $10,000).

Ironside and cripple are common insults for wheelchair users. Mr Davies had heard such insults in his childhood and felt that this was not something adults should do. Personally, I agree with Mr. Davies and congratulate him on his success.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wales Millennium Centre: A Shining Example Of Accessibility For Wheelchair Users and All People With Disabilities

If you are a wheelchair user or if you have any disability and you will be in Wales in the UK, visit the Wales Millennium Centre. You will be amazed by the accessibility offered by the Wales Millennium Centre.

The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay is probably the most ambitious Performing Arts Centre project since the Sydney Opera House was constructed.

A friend of mine, Trevor Palmer, was involved with Disability Access at the Wales Millennium Centre from an early stage. In January 2004 Trevor was contracted to establish and run their Disability Advisory Group during the final year of construction and fitting out.

Trevor's aim was to make the Wales Millennium Centre the most accessible performing arts centre in the world for disabled people to visit, work and perform in.

The Disability Advisory Group was made up by members of sensory and physical disability organisations and commissioned the services of specialists to deal with specific areas.

Watch this video of Trevor giving a guided tour of the Wales Millennium Centre. Imagine the detail and planning that has gone into creating this. Seems like no expense was spared to make the Wales Millennium Centre accessible to everyone:

Read more about wheelchair accessibility.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Exclusive Interview: Exoskeletons for Wheelchair Users

What is the difference between Rex, Rewalk, Hal and eLEGS, the four leading exoskeletons for wheelchair users? What are the benefits of exoskeletons for paraplegics? What is the best exoskeleton for a quadriplegic? Can someone who has been in a wheelchair for years benefit from an exoskeleton?

We interviewed Dr. Daniel Ferris, Professor at the University of Michigan and exoskeleton expert about exoskeletons for wheelchair users. Read Prof Ferris' opinion about the future of exoskeletons in this exclusive exoskeleton interview.

Friday, February 4, 2011

French Language Exoskeleton Website With Information for Wheelchair Users

As mentioned in an earlier post a new website has been launched with information about Exoskeletons for wheelchair users. Now that website is also available in French language.

Like the English language "Exoskeleton" website, the French Website named Exosquelette offers an overview of the Exoskeletons which are now or soon to be marketed to enable wheelchair users to walk. The exoskeletons reviewed in both the English and the French the websites include ReWalk, Rex, Hal and eLEGS.