What started out as a team-building exercise to the Cleveland International film festival quickly became a possible look into the future of our industry, a reaffirmation of how life can change in an instant, and a renewed appreciation for how passion with a positive optimistic outlook can drive people to do the unimaginable.
The film “Re-engineering Sam” chronicles the journey of quadriplegic Sam Schmidt, an Indy race car driver who despite a crash in 2000 that rendered him a quadriplegic, never lost his hope or passion to drive. Throughout the movie you are drawn to Sam, his family, and their very honest portrayal of everyday vulnerabilities. Sam’s incredible drive to race and be a part of the racing industry has had an impact on everyone close to him. It would, inevitably, be the impact that Sam had on a fan, that would make his dreams of driving a car again come true.
Wherever there’s a large crowd, a mobility scooter can often be seen providing assistance to those in need of a little help with their mobility. Go to just about any shopping mall, amusement park, or high school sporting event and a Pride Mobility Scooter can almost always be found in the crowd. Fortunately, there are a lot of different options available to match the physical size, travel lifestyle, and budget for everyone needing to use one of these great mobility devices.
Through the use of cameras, sensors and computers, on-road test vehicles are successfully driving themselves!
What just a few years ago seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming a reality. Technology giants such as Google and Apple are teaming up with major automobile manufacturers in developing and road-testing self-driving cars and smaller SUVs. Google’s concept cars are already on the road this very minute! So how long will it be until you can purchase an accessible vehicle that drives itself?
As National Spinal Cord Awareness Month comes to a close there is big news! The ReWalk 6.0 robotic exoskeleton has been cleared by the FDA for personal and rehabilitation use. The ReWalk 6.0 allows users to stand upright, walk, turn and maneuver stairs and is designed specifically for users recovering from spinal cord injuries.
They have now sold over 100 personal systems and have over 70 rehabilitation training centers in North America. ReWalk is working with leading research universities such as Stanford and Harvard to improve upon their design and software. They hope that in the future they will be able to expand their technology to help users with mobility limitations such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
The RipChair 3.0 may be the most extreme accessible off-road vehicle ever manufactured! Geoff and Michael Howe have a history of building over-the-top modes of transportation. They rose to fame in 2001 with the development of the Ripsaw. This unmanned ground vehicle was purchased by the U.S. Military making them the youngest duo to ever receive a government defense contract. The brothers also designed and manufactured the first unmanned fire truck, which today is used to combat out of control wildfires. From there, the Howes were given a reality television show on the discovery channel, in which they built vehicles and robots straight from their imagination.