UPnRIDETM provides millions of people suffering from walking impairments – with an economically viable means of mobility, and social interaction at eye-level.
Yokneam, ISRAEL, April 12, 2018 –In the summer of 2015, for the first time since his accident in 1997, Dr. Amit Goffer – inventor of the ReWalkTM exoskeleton – was able to leave home in an upright position, riding the most recent of his inventions – the alpha model of the UPnRIDETM.
The first smart mobility device providing full functionality both in upright and sitting positions – UPnRIDEÔ is now available for wheelchair users in Europe and other countries that adopt the CE Mark regulation. The commercial model of the UPnRIDEÔ will be unveiled at the Naidex 2018 trade fair in Birmingham, opening April 25, 2018.
Commenting on this momentous milestone, Dr. Goffer stated “I have had a long-standing vision that all people confined to a wheelchair should have access to enhanced mobility, and enjoy the many health benefits associated with the ability to transition to a standing position. With the introduction of UPnRIDETM, that dream has become a reality.”
The UPnRIDETM mobility device is suitable for most wheelchair users, including paraplegics, quadriplegics, elderly and people suffering from MS, CP, stroke or TBI (traumatic brain injury). A set of jointed braces and harnessing straps provide support when transitioning between sitting and standing positions. Cutting-edge motion technology and real-time computing ensures automatic balancing and stability when UPnRIDETM maneuvers on sloped sidewalks, parking lots, and ramps, maintaining a constant center of gravity, thereby minimizing the risk of hazardous situations.
“There are other standing wheelchairs available on the market,” said Oren Tamari, CEO of UPnRIDE Robotics. “But UPnRIDETM is unique in that it provides users with full, safe, functional mobility in an upright position in practically any urban environment, both indoors and outdoors. By enabling upright mobility, UPnRIDETM delivers numerous health, economic, and societal benefits. It shifts attention away from the disability, providing wheelchair users with a fresh, new perspective of the world, of themselves, and of life.”
By enabling a standing position, paralyzed limbs are exercised, and many health problems associated with long-term wheelchair use are alleviated. In addition to relieving suffering, UPnRIDETM significantly cuts healthcare expenses, by reducing the need for standing and physiotherapy apparatuses – a major cost saving for insurers, hospitals, patients and their families.
“After we brought the ReWalkTM to market, there were still millions of people with walking impairments, who couldn’t use it, and who were seeking an upright mobility solution” noted Goffer. “Despite the known detrimental impact of sedentary wheelchairs on physical and mental health, and on productivity and social inclusion, until recently, traditional wheelchairs were still the standard means for mobility,” he pointed out. “By shifting the default mobility position to standing, UPnRIDETM constitutes the first real revolution in the wheelchair industry.”
CEO Tamari adds that UPnRIDETM has already proven the concept of safe upright mobility in urban environments and obtained the CE Mark. “Our mission now is to introduce the UPnRIDETM to the market and to allow wheelchair users to enjoy the benefits of safe and functional upright mobility.”
About UPnRIDE Robotics Ltd.
UPnRIDE Robotics Ltd. is a developer of innovative life-changing upright mobility and assistive technologies, intended for the disabled and elderly people, and has spurred a significant leap forward in this field. The company plans to develop a variety of products, the first of which is the UPnRIDETM – a revolutionary wheeled device allowing wheelchair users to be fully mobile in both standing and sitting positions, in practically any urban environment.
Founded in 2013 and located at the Yokneam hi-tech park in Northern Israel, UPnRIDE Robotics Ltd. is managed by the team that brought the ReWalkTM from idea to market, together with a team of multidisciplinary experts with vast experience in R&D, engineering and manufacturing. For further information visit: www.upnride.com or visit stand 8200 at the Naidex 2018 exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC, from April 25 to April 26.
Recently, Precision Rehab Limited was appointed as an exclusive distributor to the UK and Ireland. For further information visit: http://www.precisionrehab.co.uk/ or visit stand 4240 at the Naidex 2018 exhibition.