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Honda's personal mobility device

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by Sushi, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

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    How cool is this? Yes, obviously could be problematic for some patients, but at least someone is working on things like this. (not yet on the market)
     
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    Oh the possibilities! (at least for some people)
     
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    @Sushi I like the idea and thank you for posting it. My concern is that it looks very heavy and not sure you would get it in and out of a car or lift it? I can barely lift a cup sometimes so this looks like it is for people with solid arm strength! Otherwise I love the idea.
     
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    Love it! The possibilities with this technology are endless! @Sushi
     
  5. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

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    It could work for a one storey house and in stores if you had someone to load it into a car for you. I looked at the several videos of Honda's evolving personal mobility devices. You can see the evolution--here is an earlier one! :jaw-drop:
     
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    Doesn't look good for outdoor rough conditions, or am I missing something?

    GG
     
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  7. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    That is so cool. One would have to have good balance to use it, but it looks like more agile wheels. Maybe this will move over to other kinds of chairs. Speaking of chairs, it puts a person at a closer height to standing people and takes up less space. Again it won't work for everyone but it's a good innovation in design for those who can use that option.

    (Might be more awkward at a table or concert, though, but at an event they often tend to stick wheelchair users in the back anyway)
     
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    It looks like a cute option for healthy and able-bodied people who want to pay a lot of money to walk less. But there's no arm rests, there's a non-supportive seat, feet are stuck near the ground, and they have to squeeze their legs together to avoid being splay-legged.

    So it's no good for paraplegics and similar since there's nothing to hold on to for transferring. And it's no good for OI patients since you're nearly standing up in it. And it's no good if you have muscle weakness since there's no support and muscles have to be used to control it and to avoid looking crass. I can't imagine infirm elderly types being able to use it easily either.

    I think it's a huge design fail that will be useless for pretty much every imaginable disability.
     
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  10. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

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    Yes, I don't think it was designed for people with physical disabilities--more for places like expositions to help healthy people get around. Still interesting ideas that they are working on.
     

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