Our Innovative Technology series is dedicated to bringing you the latest news and breakthroughs in mobility device design, medical breakthroughs, and more. Whether you are using a wheelchair, walker, scooter or power chair, keep checking back to the HDS Medallion Blog to keep up on the newest innovations in the world of disability technology!
As our Innovative Technology series goes on, you'll be introduced to many new concepts in mobility device design. We've already introduced you to the outstanding Model A from WHILL, and have more on the way. However, despite all of the extraordinary innovations you'll see, all of those designs still assume their user will remain in a sitting position. But what if there were a mobility device that actually allowed its user to safely stand? And what if that mobility device could even be enhanced by an HDS Medallion Designer CarryAll bag?
That device exists, and "innovative" feels like an understatement! Meet the TEK Robotic Mobilization Device (RMD), from Matia Robotics. Matia Robotics is a team of inventors and engineers united by a single goal. Their mission is to develop new robotic mobility devices designed to help those with walking disabilities which allow them greater freedom in environments not suited for standard mobility devices. The TEK RMD is their first offering on the market, and after experiencing the device first-hand, we can tell you the Matia Robotics is well on their way to achieving their mission!
We mentioned before that there have been some incredible innovations in mobility device design, but even the most unique and modern designs still share a consistent similarity. They all have to be front-mounted, which can be an incredible challenge for a person who is paraplegic. To transfer themselves from a sitting position to their standard mobility device, they're required to essentially throw their bodies using only their arms. Needless to say, such an action will be difficult for most, and downright impossible for many to achieve without the help of another person.
The TEK RMD completely circumvents this issue. This device is designed to be boarded from the back, allowing the user to safely a securely mount the device from a sitting position. By utilizing a unique suspension system to support the user, standing requires nothing more than a gentle pull. This means anyone can use the device independently, regardless of their upper-body strength. There's even a remote control that allows the user to bring the device close to them when they need it with minimal effort. By using a TEK RMD, those who needed assistance to mount their mobility device before would now be able to stand and move around whenever they wanted. Talk about bringing freedom back to a person's life!
However, allowing a person to easily board the device with no assistance isn't the only way the TEK RMD brings a new level of freedom to those who use it. Regardless of how modern the design, almost all wheelchairs tend to be inherently large. They need to accommodate a person in a sitting position, which means their surroundings need to accommodate a device of that size. The TEK RMD isn't bound to these restrictions. By allowing their user to be in a standing position, the usual bulk of a mobility device is no longer required. With a base that's only 29.5" long and an astounding 16.5" wide, this device takes only 1/3 of the space of a standard wheelchair. This offers an unprecedented amount of maneuverability. Narrow doorways? Not a problem. Navigating around tight furniture or groups of people? Easily done. Again, the TEK RMD opens up new opportunities and freedoms for those who may have felt limited by their standard mobility device.
This all sounds too good to be true, right? We had an opportunity to experience the device ourselves at the New York Metro Abilities Expo this past weekend, and can tell you the TEK RMD is everything is promises to be! We found it to be easy to mount, and incredibly maneuverable. We were also thrilled to see that our HDS Medallion Designer CarryAll bags worked great on this device! Check out this photo of Kat, daughter of our co-owners, showing off just how easy-to-use the device is and how great one of our bags looks!
Matia Robotics came together to open up new opportunities for those with walking disabilities. Judging from our experience with the TEK RMD, we can say they're absolutely achieving their goal. The TEK RMD is easy to use and incredibly innovative. Best of all, it offers a level of freedom and independence that most mobility devices simply can't match. The user is now close to counters, appliances, tables, etc. to perform normal daily functions like cooking, cleaning, setting the table, mingling at a party, etc. The TEK RMD is an amazing first offering from Matia Robotics, and we can't wait to see what they come up with next! For more information on Matia Robotics and the TEK RMD, visit their website at www.MatiaRobotics.com.