Monday, November 22, 2010

Wii-Powered Robo-Infant Chair...

When I first read this story, I had to admit that I saw nothing good coming out of it... then I read on.
The Baby Transporter by researchers at the Ithaca College is meant for babies aged 7 to 9 months. It is a child seat strapped to a Wii Fit balance board on top of a Pioneer 3 robot with two parallel wheels. As the baby leans in whichever direction the robo-seat will move, very much like a Segway. The baby can move about the room freely just by leaning in the direction they want to go... and of course, the parent can assume control with a wireless joystick/override switch.
Now, how in the word is this helpful...?!
Doctors say such a contraption could help children with spina bifida or cerebral palsy who can’t explore the world on their own. Independent movement is crucial for infant development, the Ithaca researchers say.
via popsci

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