Tek RMD lets paraplegics stand again

By on March 20, 2012
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The Tek RMD (Robotic Mobilization Device) is set to break new grounds in mobility for paraplegics. While there are devices on the market that can assist paraplegics, this is by far the smallest one yet.

The device features an innovative ‘back-mounting’ technique that allows the Tek RMD to move towards a user in a wheelchair to strap themselves in without any assistance. Once securely strapped in, the user can lift themselves out of the wheelchair and stand upright. From that point they can roll towards where they need to go and do a number of tasks at eye-level, which would otherwise prove impossible from a wheelchair.

Moving from a wheelchair to the Tek RMD may seem a bit complicated, but it just takes a few minutes to get everything sorted. A pad is secured at the base of the spine, and then secured in place with adjustable straps. The user then grabs onto two handlebars to lift out of the wheelchair, and the device snaps into place, holding them firmly upright.

At the moment the device is still under evaluation, so there’s no word yet on when it will be available to the public or how much it will cost. But for now, check out the video below for a demo of the Tek RMD:

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/37363411 w=550]


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