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I am wondering if you have given thoughts to how this technology maybe used for Pts with amputations, paraplegics and other spinal cord etc.

For vets and others with limited range of motions can this be adapted to one finger control or more to assist in daily living skills. What about as a balance aid for rehabbing waking skills. I am thinking of future more miniaturization. Have you or will you collaborate with the medical world? Thank you, nancy lilja

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  • Jun 30 2013: The balance aid for rehabbing walking skills is great idea. Consider adults who have fallen and hit their head and need to recover from a brain injury. Learning to walk for toddlers involves less risk. Toddlers are close to the ground, so the cost of a fall is small compared to a much taller and more brittle boned adult. Frames that surround the child and have wheels to spot a toddler while walking are available. People say they slow the learning process and create dependencies. With the technology from this video applied to a "spotting robot," a lot of difficulties go away.

    Here is the concept:

    1) 3, 4 or more wheels at least 2 powered.
    2) a frame that surrounds the patient that fits though a doorway
    3) a camera, perhaps in the back corner, that provides information to the drive motors for the powered wheels and the spotting arms. (Camera on a mast shorter than a doorway). Frame proximity sensors could also work. The video scales better because of the large body of software - it solves a more general problem.
    4) a location indicator on the patient's helmet or clothing. It could be a multi-element pattern to give the camera software more to work with.
    5) spotting arms that move (up and/or in) to gently support the patient should they topple (like the back on the director's chair on the back) Perhaps not needed with good fast feet...
    6) spotting feet that extend out to broaden the base in the event of a fall (think like a camera tripod with telescoping legs that pop out and extend (maybe based on what the mast camera sees to choose a side of the curb to aim at, for a good catch)

    Anyway, the problem is well posed. Kiva could do this technically. Costs could be low enough to rent for 6 months during recovery.

    I have a friend whose wife lost her balance and fell causing a brain injury. The rehab is walking around the block. This would make it a lot easier for those first six months. Her spouse has to work during the day, so she has no access to spott

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