Medical Robotics

NIST Robotic Wheelchair

Posted 2 Oct 2006 at 16:35 UTC by steve Share This

Several readers sent us links to an NIST news release about their robotic wheelchair research. The goal of the project is to understand what a robotic wheel chair needs to do so that appropriate standards can be developed. Their research has lead to the development several robotic healthcare mobility devices including the HLPR robotic chair (previously known as RoboChair), a 3D camera that provides navigation for the blind, robotic leg lifters, and a patient lifter. For more, see the recent ScienceDaily story on the NIST robotic wheelchair. For the technical details on what the robotic wheelchair can do and how it works, see the paper, HLPR Chair - A Service Robot for the Healthcare Industry (PDF format).

Ingenious medical support., posted 3 Oct 2006 at 12:41 UTC by marev » (Observer)

I like the robotic leg lifters and especially the navigation for blind people,could really change medi-care for the good,thanks.

Unwell people but self reliant and less costs., posted 3 Oct 2006 at 12:49 UTC by marev » (Observer)

The robot wheelchair also gives injured/ill people the dignity to do their own thing combined with probably saving a fortune in healthcare costs and staff hours overall,excellent.

Good,but if not enough get the robotic replacement limbs., posted 6 Oct 2006 at 00:55 UTC by marev » (Observer)

Robotic leg lifters and wheelchairs to save medical workforce costs and if no good the already rapidly progressing full robotic arms/legs etc. devices,seems like its getting sorted recently.

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