Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wheelchair Armrest Pets: A Unique Christmas Gift Idea For A Wheelchair User

Are you looking for a gift for a wheelchair user? Would you like to have a companion who will keep you company in your wheelchair all day long? Consider Wheelchair Armrest Pets.

Wheelchair Armrest Pets will add style and personality to any manual wheelchair with armrests under 12 inches (30.5cm). There are eight wheelchair armrest pets including:

* A Dog named "Wheelie the Pup"
* Mr.Frog
* Hippo-po-Tomas
* Bunny
* Sunshine the Duck
* Peter the Penguin
* Larry the Lion
* Mike the Monkey

A pair of wheelchair armrest pets (one for each armrest) costs euro 39, but that includes shipping by post directly to your home in anywhere in the world. A bit of advice: Wheelchair armrest pets will make a unique Christmas gift idea for a wheelchair user. But shop early, because shipping takes longer during the holidays.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Coming To The UK: Rex Exoskeleton

According to this article in The Scotsman, Rex Exoskeleton is coming to the UK. According to the article, when sold in the UK, the Rex Exoskeleton will cost GBP 90,000.

The only problem is that no dates are given other than "We hope to do this in the next couple of months". However, from the Rex Exoskeleton website, they have announced "Rex now available for international sales." Potential customers are encouraged to come into contact with them and find out more. So, if you are in the UK and are interested in testing the Rex Exoskeleton, contact Rex Bionics and make an appointment.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Exoskeleton To Be Controlled By Brain Waves?

University of Maryland have created a new technology which allows users to control objects, for example an exoskeleton, using only their thoughts. It is called “Brain cap” technology, and Associate Professor of Kinesiology José 'Pepe' L. Contreras-Vidal and his team are using this non-invasive technology to translate thoughts into commands which can control computers and other devices. What kind of devices?

the UMD team is developing a new collaboration with the New Zealand’s start-up Rexbionics, the developer of a powered lower-limb exoskeleton called Rex that could be used to restore gait after spinal cord injury.
Today's exoskeletons are controlled by sensors which detect some kind of input from the user. But imagine a severely paralyzed individual who can not give any input at all. This technology could read the thoughts and translate it to move the exoskeleton. Seems like this technology is far away in the future? Maybe not. Just a couple of years ago exoskeletons seemed far away.