Disability And Robotics

Disability and robotics remove the pity we feel when we see a person with a disability.  The world has become a digital one with endless offerings for those with disabilities – so we may view them as “us” and not “the others”.

#1.  Exoskeletons

An exoskeleton is a skeleton on the outside of the body in some animals eg. crabs.

A powered exoskeleton aka powered armor, exosuit or exoframe is defined as a mobile machine consisting of an outer framework worn by a person.  This is powered by a system of motors, hydraulics or pneumatics that deliver a part of the energy for limb movement.

Here are a few exoskeleton resources:

Exoskeleton for child Spinal Muscular Atrophyis

Indego Exoskeleton Device

#2.  Autonomous Cars

A driverless car is defined as a vehicle capable of sensing its environment and navigating without input from a person. Some of the benefits include increased safety and mobility for children, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Autonomous vehicles may offer disabled people opportunities for increased mobility and independence, including reliable transport that would increase employment opportunities.

Here are a few autonomous cars resources:

 

#3.  Robotics

Robotics is defined as an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science such as:

Electronics engineering

Computer science

Mechanical engineering

The technical field of robotics deals with the design, operation, construction and use of robots, including sensory feedback, computer systems for control and processing of information.

Here are a few disability and robotics resources:

Pepper – The humanoid robot

Tethered Pelvic Assist Device

Rewalk Motorised Device

EsoGlove

https://www.action4.org.za/top-assistant-devices-that-empower/