“Injury” is a uselessly unspecific term. It covers a range from simple scrapes to complex concussions that mean a lifetime of suffering. Some things are generally true about injuries:
- They’re unexpected.
- They can happen at anyone at any age.
- Complexity of the injury and age can prolong recovery time.
Toyota has embarked on a new program, the manufacture of robots designed to help people recover from and cope with serious injury.
As reported in PC Magazine:
Toyota wants to solve that problem with a robot rental system. The first of these was demonstrated yesterday when the company launched a walk assist system rental service. The robot is called the Welwalk WW-1
000, and it’s designed to help in the rehabilitation of anyone suffering with lower limb paralysis. While that could happen at any age, leg weakness is common following a stroke.
The initial system is designed for clinics serving large numbers of patients, but there is a vision of a home version of the robotic leg that could be an on-going help with personal mobility.
Unlike Toshiba’s disastrous flirtation with nuclear energy, Toyota is using core technology in a way that will benefit a large number of people across the globe and for which there should be substantial demand for decades to come. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next.
- Matthew Humphries, “Toyota Launches Rehabilitation Robot Rental Service,” PC Magazine, 13 April 2017. http://www.pcmag.com/news/353042/toyota-launches-rehabilitation-robot-rental-service?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title