The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device has been created by AMS Mekatronic, an R&D company from Gebze Organized Industrial Zone (GOSB Technopark, Istanbul, Turkey).
Tek RMD help the paraplegic get out of the bed, do the shopping, lets them sit at a table without feeling uncomfortable. With only 36 cm wide and 62 cm long it covers only a third of the space occupied by a wheelchair. It has a max speed of 3.2 kph (2 mph), max range of 14km (approx 8 miles) and can carry a 90kg (198 pounds) person.
The Tek RMD is available as of now (22 March 2012) in Turkey and they will open markets in Europe and USA. Such a device will cost about $15,000. Fill in the Assessment Form and see what answer will they send over.
BIG UPDATE: TEK RMD starts shipping. Yesterday – Feb 19 2014 – I got this email from them:
Greetings Friends of Matia Robotics
The time has finally arrived! We’re excited to announce that we’re in compliance with 93/42/EEC – and can begin planning the delivery of the TEK RMD. Initial deliveries will be outside of the United States as we wait for FDA approval.
The first units will be delivered to Europe, Asia and Australia. Once we receive clearance from the FDA we can begin shipping to the United States. We just wrapped up a professional photo session of the finished device – once we have the pictures we will send them to you and then update the website – they look fantastic – we are so proud of the way everything came together! We are also creating a 360 degree video so you can see how the TEK RMD really looks from all perspectives.
Thank you for all of your support and patience as we work hard to get the first production units out the door. For all of you who placed reservations, the TEK RMD will be shipped according to the date your payment was received. Very soon we will be sending out some additional forms and final payment notes so we can schedule deliveries.
As always, you can find out more about the Tek RMD and Matia Robotics at the link below.
We could not be happier to be bringing this new platform to market, and thank you for being a friend of Matia Robotics.