Intelligent walkers for the elderly: performance and safety testing of VA-PAMAID robotic walker.

  title={Intelligent walkers for the elderly: performance and safety testing of VA-PAMAID robotic walker.},
  author={Andrew J Rentschler and Rory A. Cooper and Bruce B. Blasch and Michael L. Boninger},
  journal={Journal of rehabilitation research and development},
  volume={40 5},
A walker that could help navigate and avoid collisions with obstacles could help reduce health costs and increase the quality of care and independence of thousands of people. This study evaluated the safety and performance of the Veterans Affairs Personal Adaptive Mobility Aid (VA-PAMAID). We performed engineering tests on the VA-PAMAID to determine safety factors, including stability, energy consumption, fatigue life, and sensor and control malfunctions. The VA-PAMAID traveled 10.9 km on a… CONTINUE READING
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