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Robotic Vehicle Gets Wheelchair Bound Person to Stand Up

Written on December 30, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Fong-Chin Su and Tain-Song Chen from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Department of BioMedical Engineering (BME), has developed a vehicle that is designed to get the wheelchair bound person up on their feet.

The “i-Transport” is powered by a “field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip containing a Nios II multi-core processor.” It can calculate whether the vehicle’s current load or configuration is safe for the user. It also has a built-in health monitoring system that tracks the user’s breating and blood pressure.

The robotic vehicle allows the users to roam around and stand up, with its mechanism that lifts them upright to a standing position when needed. The vehicle’s seat shifts from a horizontal to an “almost vertical” position, it’s padded harness supports the user’s lower back. The ride also features shinpads and handlebars at the front.

“The invention is definitely a boon for the physically challenged people,” said a student who tried out the i-Transport at BME.

It helps them do their daily tasks easier and gives them the mobility that they need.

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