Babies driving robot wheelchairs (super cute video)

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20 Responses to “Babies driving robot wheelchairs (super cute video)”

  1. retepslluerb says:

    The cynic in me predicts that most of them will be used by 30 kg toddlers.

  2. Charles Céleste Hutchins says:

    This looks a project that Makers could do!  Although they would need to do a fair amount of QA before handing it over to babies.

  3. Ryan Brown says:

    Probably not the only one who thinks this is actually a Dalek mk1?

  4. MaximumOvertroll says:

    Not commercially available yet? Perfect! All I have to do is shove a chair and a joystick on a roomba and I can beat this to market!

  5. PinkWithIndignation says:

    Not to detract from the wonderfulness of this, but I can’t help but remember this comedic video about completely unnecessary baby wheelchairs: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdHjHPo9UWw 

  6. Ambiguity says:

    I know I should find this heartwarming, but I think I feel about this the same way you feel about lemonade stand-funded chemotherapy.

    Yea, it’s great, but it just makes me sad.

  7. JoshP says:

    I’m glad i wasn’t the only one to think dalek.  I mean, great biotech and all, but the resemblance is uncanny.

  8. Tarliman says:

    My first thought wasn’t Daleks, but shell people, cf. Anne McCaffrey’s “The Ship Who Sang”.

  9. Cole Cabler says:

    Cerebral Palsy isn’t a disease, but other then that mistake, this makes a lot of sense.   Especially from a therapists point of view. 

  10. Marios P. says:

    Kick start the damn thing!

  11. thefool says:

    Here are more babies driving robots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgumWrXzfL0  (with a Wii balance board)

  12. thefool says:

    Also, the robot towing the seat is a B21R from the early 90s, so it does have a bit of an old school dalek look.  (It’s the bottom part of the b21r. The full robot looks even more like a Dalek…  https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&q=b21r+robot)

  13. Marc45 says:

    Cute video but why did they overlay it on top of those moving graphics…distracting.

  14. cjporkchop says:

    I notice that the chair moves forward when the joystick is pulled toward the user, or in the “down” direction if it were a video game controller. Is this the normal setup for a motorized wheelchair? I would have expected the opposite.

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