A couple of years ago the Internet and media went crazy over a video of a young man using a streamlined machine that looked like a cross between a standing frame and a wheelchair to move around in a standing position. The product was the Tek RMD (Robotic Mobilization Device), and in news bits and videos all over the Web it promised no less than to revolutionize how paraplegics and others with difficulty standing could access their world. At 15.6 inches wide and 29.5 inches long, the Tek RMD appeared to offer users unparalleled navigability in tight spaces in addition to the benefits of a standing frame or standing wheelchair.
Then, as quickly as it had exploded onto the scene, the Tek RMD seemed to disappear.
Then late last month the Twitter and Facebook feeds for Matia Robotics, the RMD’s manufacturer, came to life after lying dormant for over two years. Matia used them to announce a list of its first distributors. That means Tek RMDs are actually being made, sold and delivered to customers. Unfortunately for readers in the United States, the list is noticeably void of an American distributor. But there is hope! According to a July 24 official response from Matia Robotics on the Facebook page, the company is taking U.S. reservations and is just waiting on FDA approval before it can announce stateside distributors.
That process could go quickly or could take forever, but the updated Facebook and Twitter pages and international news only bodes well for customers excited by the Tek RMD’s sleek appeal. Matia also added a new video on the Facebook page last week showing the Tek RMD in action. The company’s site says it expects the product to retail for around $15,000. You can follow the Tek RMD’s progress on Facebook or Twitter at @TekRMD.