High-Five!: Future Wheelchair Is Stand-Up, Available Now

March 22, 2012


This is the TEK Robotic Mobilization Device (RMD), a transport vehicle for the paraplegic/disabled that allows them to move around in a standing position. The advantages over a traditional wheelchair are immense, including: better cardiovascular health from the standing position, the ability to make eye-to-eye contact instead of always being looked down upon, the independence to reach high and low (it can lower to a sitting position as well), get on and off the john/in and out of bed yourself, as well as a significantly smaller footprint for ease of navigating tight areas. The device comes in five sizes and started shipping in Turkey last week for around $15,000. Wow -- I'm impressed. I never thought I'd say this, but I might trade in my HoverRound.

Hit the jump for a worthwhile video of a young man demonstrating the thing.

Official Website
This Amazing Device Just Made Wheelchairs Obsolete for Paraplegics [gizmodo]

Thanks to Charlotte, who's convinced the next logical step is personal jetpacks. Ugh -- I've been saying that for years!

  • Johnny_Los_Angeles

    you can bet disney wont let you use it in their parks!

  • Johnny_Los_Angeles

    Im am electric wheelchair bound and this looks like something ive been looking for but that low ground clearance looks like it would not be much use outdoors or going over any sort of bump or edge at all.

  • That is something very useful for the disable persons, making life real easy for them.

  • GirlFromSpace

    Very very cool. I want updates!!

  • Thor

    Right outa Back to the Future!

  • Shaun9lives

    Looks really promising.  Next step would be to develop a version that can handle stairs and rough, uneven surfaces.

  • James Mcelroy

    it is super awesome...but it has robotic in the name...no fire GW?

  • Guest

    This is a very impressive invention; in my perspective it seems work like an exo suit that provides a great amount of flexibility that the traditional wheelchair doesn't grant.

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

     Let's buy this thing for Hawking! He would make so much better eye to 'eyes' contact with ladies at the sex-club !!

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