Exoskeleton Robots for Wheelchair Users
Published: 2010-10-28 : (Rev. 2018-06-20)
Synopsis and Key Points:
Manufacturers around the world will be bringing robotic exoskeletons for wheelchair users to the global disability market.
2011 will see exciting new assistive technology becoming available to the disability community.
Four manufacturers from very distant locations around the world will be bringing robotic exoskeletons for wheelchair users to the global disability market.
Approximately 3 million Americans, 5 million Europeans and 60 million people worldwide currently rely on wheelchairs for their mobility.
Exoskeletons will offer the first alternative to wheelchairs for people with mobility related disabilities.
While each of the exoskeleton manufacturers have each taken a different approach to controlling the exoskeletons all have the same advantage.
Exoskeletons will offer people with mobility disorders an opportunity to stand and walk.
The reason that this is important is that there are many disadvantages related to long-term sitting such a pressure sores, muscle atrophy and bladder infections.
Exoskeletons may offer many advantages for wheelchair users from quality of life to improved health.
While costs will initially limit the individual access to the very wealthy, it is expected that there will be wide-spread institutional use of exoskeletons.
A new website has been launched which offers an overview of robotic exoskeleton suits for wheelchair users.
The goal of the new website is to provide an unbiased overview of the different types of exoskeletons and to keep the disability community, journalists the general public up to date about the exciting new robotic technology.
The new website is called Exoskeleton (www.exoskeleton-suit.com) authored and developed by Dr. Gene Emmer a physiologist, business owner and website developer with several years of experience in the disability industry.
(i)Source/Reference: www.exoskeleton-suit.com. Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Content may have been edited for style, clarity or length.
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