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#1 wrong

Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:32 PM

Don't know if this has been posted before but...

Watch the video: http://tekrmd.com/what-is-tek-rmd

It moves like a Segway and supports/uplifts users to standing position, but unlike the iBOT can't go up/down stairs.

WDYT?

#2 Lyra

Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:46 PM

That was pretty awesome. My only concern is how it functions over uneven terrain

#3 Tiger Lilly

Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:09 PM

That looks amazing!

I'd be interested to see what users say about it.

#4 andieinvic

Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

Looks very innovative in the clip.  I imagine that being able to move around on the smaller wheelbase would make a big difference to being able to get in and out of places.  Even being upright when getting around I think is quite different- I wonder if it's supportive enough for comfort?  I haven't relied on a wheelchair or other mobility device myself, so am talking from no experience at all.

I do wonder a couple of things - what percentage of people who use a wheelchair would benefit from a device like this, and what would the cost be?  It does seem that it's not a complete wheelchair substitute so I think a person who uses a mobility device would need a wheelchair and one of these for more casual use?  



#5 jojonbeanie

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:14 PM

I'm sure for some people this would be a great device. I think it has some amazing features. Most people with mobility aids need to rely on a variety of equipment, so this could be a great addition to their suite of mobility aids.

How much would something like this cost in Australia? My bet is you wouldn't get change for $40,000.

#6 Guest_NinjahAlpaca_*

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:18 PM

I thought it looked absolutely amazing - gave me goosebumps, actually.

JJB, I'd be thinking it's not even commercially available yet, but not sure.

#7 jojonbeanie

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:28 PM

No I'm sure it's not commercially available either. I was just having a guess at a price if it was on full production as a previous poster had asked about cost.

One of the problems of getting any cutting edge equipment in Australia is that our market is so small. Suppliers can only afford to bring out a very limited range of middle of the road equipment. I was hoping to trial an electric wheelchair which also converts to standing position for my child. (just stand and do nothing else - no zipping around like this machine) but there are none in Australia to even look at or test. They cost so much the suppliers cant afford to have them sitting around hoping one person might want it.

The Australian mark-up for some items is huge. Just a simple special needs plastic child's swing retails in Australia for about $700. I carried one home in my luggage from the USA supplier who sent it to my hotel - total cost $120.

Edited by jojonbeanie, 11 April 2012 - 11:29 PM.


#8 Guest_NinjahAlpaca_*

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:56 PM

You could always get a bit brash and contact them to find out if they need a child trialler, or an Australian trialler to help them get into the Aussie market.

I totally agree on the ridiculous Aussie markup.  I mean, I'm sure shipping that far isn't cheap, but the mark up seems completely excessive on so many things.  My sister lives in California if you ever need a freight forwarder - she's done that for a few friends over here before!



#9 *CalamityJane*

Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:14 AM

It's impressively small!  And the remote is awesome.  A girlfriend of mine had some issues with her toddler taking off with her wheelchair while she is still in bed, I can imagine the remote would be invaluable for her LOL.  

I agree it would probably be something you had as well as a chair, rather than instead of, but what a great option to have available to you.




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