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ReWalk Founder Takes Invention One Step Further with UPnRIDE

Developed in conjunction with RehaMed Technologies CEO Oren Tamari, the new wheelchair gives quadriplegics the ability to 'walk' as well

By: Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels

Published: August 18th, 2014 in Business » Israel

The ReWalk Exoskeleton is one of the most game changing and life changing technologies to come out of Israel. This incredible device allows the millions of paraplegics around the world, people paralyzed from the waist down, to walk and even run again. But believe it or not, this incredible device does have at least one notable downside—it can only be used by approximately ten percent of handicapped individuals.

Even Dr. Amit Goffer, the inventor of the ReWalk device, cannot use the device because he is a quadriplegic and does not have full use of his arms, which is what inspired him and RehaMed Technologies CEO Oren Tamari to think of a more comprehensive solution. Meet the UPnRIDE—the standing wheelchair that will allow any and every kind of handicapped person to traverse the outdoors without the fear of falling.

Taking ReWalk To The Next Level: Now Quadriplegics Can Walk Too With UPnRIDE
The ultimate solution for the handicapped, as Dr. Goffer sees it

The UPnRIDE is a standing wheelchair that allows its users to travel, sitting or standing, with ease. Much like a Segway or an electric scooter, when placed in standing position, the UPnRIDE moves over all different kinds of terrains at the user’s guidance. The emphasis here is on mobility, according to Goffer and Tamari, and not on getting the person to walk as is the case with ReWalk.

Discussing the inspiration for the device, Dr. Goffer says: “I have the benefit of being confined to a wheelchair so I tried to create the ultimate solution for the handicapped as I see it. The person on the outside will see it as a Segway and not a wheelchair. For the younger generation of handicapped individuals, this is especially important.”

Taking ReWalk To The Next Level: Now Quadriplegics Can Walk Too With UPnRIDE
Standing out from the rest

Standing wheelchairs are by no means a new technology. They were first created in order to facilitate better circulation and other health benefits for the wheelchair-confined, and to provide a chance for real eye-to-eye social interaction. However, the UPnRIDE will not be the run-of-the-mill standing wheelchair; it will provide something that no standing wheelchair of its kind has before—stability.

This article was first published on NoCamels - Israeli Innovation News and was re-posted with permission. To continue reading this article on the site, click here.

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