Personal mobility

Posted - March 2011 in Living with HSP - Management & Treatment News

Honda, a company best known for making cars, has extended its research into robotics to come up with futuristic personal mobility technology. This from their website: “most people think of Honda as an automobile company. But our main focus is and always has been human mobility. And innovation is our engine”.

They have come up with a compact, mechanised, hands-free personal transporter that moves in response to changes in the rider’s centre of gravity (balance).
Check out their 3 1/2 minute video presentation showing this device in use.

They have also just released 2 other devices that attach to the body:

  • Stride Management Assist – helps with an awkward gait by lengthening stride and regulating walking pace. Click ‘Learn More’ at the web site link and watch the 2 1/2 minute video.
  • Bodyweight Support Assist – for activities requiring extended standing or repetitive lower body tasks, this helps by supporting a portion of a person’s body weight and reducing the load on muscles and joints. Click ‘Learn More’ at the web site link and watch the 2 1/2 minute video.

While these technologies may be more in the concept stage, you can get an idea of how they may be able to help HSPers get around.

Comments on this story

  1. Bernadette posted at 9:53 am on 5 July 2011Reply

    Hello, do you have any knowledge on adult tricycles?
    As you know, balance is affected and therefore making it near impossible
    to ride a bicycle.
    Some tricycles also have motors on them, but I don’t necessarily want one of these.
    I am hoping to get out in the sun more often, as well as improving fitness. and strength, and of course my vitamin D levels

    HAVE A GOOD DAY,BE SAFE, AND BE KIND TO YOURSELF

  2. Editor's Note: posted at 3:56 pm on 8 July 2011Reply

    no special knowledge of them, but I found this website doing a Google search:
    http://www.achievableconcepts.com.au/Aust%20website/cycling.htm

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