How i-Transport is Giving Disabled People Greater Independence
Wheelchair-bound people are about to get a boost.
Researchers at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan have created a new technology that allows them to stand upright, alongside their able-bodied peers.
It’s called i-Transport – a robotic device that lifts the disabled person to a standing position.
The life-changing innovation gives the person a new level of independence, as longtime paraplegic Chen Chien-chia reveals: “When I sit in a wheelchair to go to places with a higher counter, it’s inconvenient to speak to people. The advantage of this machine is that I can stand up and directly converse with others.”
But that’s not all i-Transport does.
By lifting people who are confined to sitting in a wheelchair, it improves bone density and aids digestion.
It also has built-in technology that essentially fulfills the same role as a human caregiver by measuring the person’s vital signs as they’re standing.
Su Fong-Chin, Director of the Medical Device Innovation Center at the National Cheng Kung University, explains: “Our project is integrated with the functions of mobility, lift, transfer and standing and we’ve also included a physiological monitoring system to perform telemedicine or long-distance care services. We can eventually store the information in the cloud for the patient’s family to know that he is safe and comfortable.”
For the researchers, i-Transport is the culmination of six years of work and they plan to make it available on the market as soon as possible.