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5 High-Tech Assistive Technologies to convince you that we are living in the future!

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1) Whill Personal Mobility Device

Image Credits: Whill.us
The aesthetically pleasing Whill Model M is not all looks… It’s 4 wheel drive system coupled with the omni-directional front wheels allows it to traverse uneven terrain thereby giving the user the freedom “Design Your Road”. It is highly configurable to the user’s daily activities and also customisable to the user’s preference through a smartphone app. It is even featured in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie because of its futuristic looks! Lets all hope that they will be hitting our shores in the near future!

2) Scalevo

Image Credits: Scalevo.ch
This motorised wheelchair’s method propulsion is through a pair of gyro stabilised wheels which moves in the direction based on the user’s body positioning much like a segway. This gives people the illusion that you are gliding across as the ground as you tilt to control where you are going. Staircases are no longer an obstacle anymore as you can overcome it with a press of a button. Even though it still remains as a student project, do keep a lookout for it as the team behind the Scalevo is looking for investors for funding to sell it on the market!

3) DAPRA HAPTIX

Image Credits: Mike McGregor, IEEE
The HAPTIX aims to create rich sensor experience to the prosthetic user such that they can perform daily tasks with greater effectiveness and confidence. Although these cyborg looking prosthetic are still in the developmental phase it has already shown great potential in allowing the user to have a form of electro-muscular feedback as they “feel” for the objects they are grasping. This improves the user’s perception of the required strength or movement to perform task and consequently the efficiency in day to day tasks.

4) Exoskeleton Suit - HAL, HULC, ReWalk, SuitX

Image Credits: SuitX
You may be surprised to know that there are actually quite a few different companies developing and manufacturing powered exoskeleton suit. These futuristic looking suits have slightly different applications be it in the military to rehabilitation, but all serve to improve the user’s physical capabilities. Even though the technology is rather new, some lucky wheelchair-bound individuals have already been able to stand and walk again with these suits! It would be a matter of time before it becomes normal to see a person wearing an exoskeleton suit going about their daily lives!

5) Permobil - Connected Wheelchair

Image Credits: Permobil 
The Permobil-Connected wheelchair is a joint effort between AT&T and Permobil which is able to relay diagnostics test results, allow family members to track the user and send an alert to the mainframe if a fall is detected. The family members can even set up a ‘geofence’ using the onboard Global Positioning System (GPS) to activate an alert when the wheelchair user crosses of this virtual boundary. As the world is trying to make products smart, intelligent and connected, this solution seems to be one of the more practical and useful application of Internet of Things.


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