Monday, July 13, 2009

What Do You Call A Wheelchair Without Wheels?

Inspired by Katsushiro Otomo's Roujin Z, a Japanese anime depicting a future Japan where robotic nurses and aides help an aging population, engineers from a Japanese university have developed the WL-16 IV, for Waseda-Leg No.16 Refined IV, which is essentially a chair with two legs. As you can see in the clip, it has the ability to walk up and down a set of steps that would easily stop a wheelchair. I wonder how long it would be before we see chairs of this type start to become available to the public? Hopefully soon since this could provide benefits that go beyond the increase in mobility.

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