Amazing Mobility Robots for the Disabled

New experimental technology comes to aid of the disabled in many forms that will knock your socks off! Mobility Now looks at ten mobility robots.
A mobility robot is a robot that is designed to help handicapped and disabled people move around. It might have wheels, but most often it will have legs so it can climb stairs and uneven ground. It might also take the form of a mobility suit, which is a kind of robot that surrounds the shape of your body, arms and legs.

Most of these innovations are from Japan, the robotics capital of the world, where a growing elderly population creates a huge market for such devices. Link -Thanks, Jesper!

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I don’t get the walking bots. wouldn’t it be easier and quicker to have a bot on wheels? can’t move very quickly with a trotting bot chair thingy. And why don’t they use actual disabled people for the demos?
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Dunno if they are really robots though.

They are great wee things and no doubt bloody god sends to the users but don't seem to be robots.

The ibot is in service to day and a real boon to the wheel chair bound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1RhmvxcpfI&feature=related

sorry to post the advert but it is the clearest viseo on YT I couyld find.
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The Hubo chair and for that matter Asimo tend to look like they've got diarrhoea 'cos of their bent-kneed stance. I'd be tempted if only for cosmetic reasons to fiddle with the casings to make them /look/ as if they're standing upright.
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I love this idea! I think it's wonderful they are coming up with new ways to empower the handicapped. The disabled would be kicking butt left and right in this bad boy!
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