The future is bright for individuals with mobility difficulties.
Companies everywhere are working to make life more efficient, more accessible, and more enjoyable for people of all levels of physical mobility. In this post, we’re highlighting two companies that are pioneering technology that could change the quality of life for people with mobile disabilities in a major way.
Portal Entryways is working to revolutionize handicap doors. Portal has crafted a smart device that permits people with mobility difficulties to simply approach an entryway with their smartphone, have the door open for them hands-free, and have it stay open until they are safely through — no more pressing handicap buttons. With the Portal Entryways app installed on their phone, wheelchair users take only an average of 3 to 5 seconds to pass through each door — saving time, physical energy, and emotional energy in the process. The simple requisite hardware component is installable on any existing handicap motorized door at any facility, and does not affect the functionality of existing buttons. As this technology becomes more ubiquitous, people using assistive mobile vehicles, regardless of how limited their physical ability might be, will be able to more easily navigate through public spaces, and save up to a minute of time at each entryway.
ReWalk robotics is a company focused on making robotic exoskeletons for people with lower-limb mobility difficulties such as those with spinal cord injuries. Their technology provides powered hip and knee motion that enables some previously immobile individuals to stand upright, walk, and turn. The company is even working on technology that would aid people to climb and descend stairs. ReWalk is the first exoskeleton to receive FDA clearance for personal and rehabilitation use in the United States, and is a leader in the exoskeleton industry. In the future, there is no telling how far this technology will go — perhaps one day, nobody will need wheelchairs anymore.
In summary, these two technologies are game-changers for the disability sector. In the coming years, we are expecting big changes in disability-focused technology. Due to the efforts of companies like Portal and Rewalk, the future is bright for individuals who suffer from mobility handicaps.