Does a New Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Offer “Answers to Problems Disabled People Don't Have”?
Publication/Creation DateJanuary 22 2018
Description[Image Description: a young woman is transferring out of bed into the RODEM wheelchair, which can be controlled by a smartphone]
This article discusses Tmsuk UK's RODEM mobility robot and some of the criticisms from the disabled community.
UK-based Access and Inclusion expert and wheelchair user Mik Scarlet responded by saying that "Tmsuk Rodem chair proves designers have no idea about wheelchairs & their users…the bizarre concept around transferring into it indicates that very few chair users took part in the design process at all. To transfer onto the Tmsuk Rodem is much harder than the usual side transfer and there is much less support with the loss of the backrest. It works for almost no wheelchair users.”
Date archivedFebruary 22 2018
Last editedJune 25 2020