Some technologies have been around for so long, we don’t think about any big new possibilities for what could be next, because they just don’t occur to us. For example: the wheelchair. Many are electric now, and don’t need to be manually pushed. The materials they are made with have generally become stronger and lighter. Still, it’s the same basic concept: a chair with wheels.
No longer: meet the Tek Robotic Mobilization Device (RMD). It’s a “wheelchair” that allows its user to sit or stand. The user can get in and out of the device while facing it, which is a big improvement from the traditional chair. More and more evidence is coming out about the dangers of sitting all day, and the Tek RMD provides lots of built in standing time.
Granted, this is a promotional video, so of course it looks good, but as long as it functions, and the user is comfortable, many of the advantages are obvious: the user can reach more objects, navigate spaces more easily, and stay at the eye level of others.
Hopefully in a few years, the traditional wheelchair will look absurdly outdated.