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Do you ever reflect on the importance of walking? Getting around is not only vital to our physical well-being, but also for our psychological health. Traditionally, wheelchairs have been the only mobility option for people suffering from spinal injuries. But a group of Turkish scientists are working to improve quality of life by “thinking outside of the chair.”

The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device may look like a Segway and a Stairmaster had a baby, but it is actually a clever machine intended to replace wheelchairs. The RMD allows its users to gently hoist themselves into a standing position, which can be invaluable psychologically. It is also fairly compact, allowing users to navigate areas too narrow for traditional wheelchairs. I think this device is awesome, and I hope it gets you thinking about other ways we can use science and engineering to help our fellow humans.  

Image via AMS Mekatronik

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