Innovative start-up company Chronus Robotics will showcase a self-balancing mobility robot for the first time at Naidex.
The patent-pending Chronus K1M1 is completely controlled by body movement, rather than traditional joy sticks or other controls, leaving the user’s hands free.
It can be changed from a sitting to a standing position in seconds and is designed to move freely at home, in a town centre and off road. The product weighs less than 40 kg and can travel at 20km per hour.
The idea to create Chronus KIM1 was inspired by motorsport. Over the years, the team has seen many people using wheelchairs in motorsport, most of them manual wheelchairs.
This led to the idea of creating an innovative mobility device that would allow people to communicate freely and work with dignity. A decade later, the concept of Chronus KIM1 became a reality.
Chronus’ goal was to create a mobility aid that would not only leave a wheelchair to go unnoticed, but also the disability.
“Sitting at a desk, on a couch, or in a car, a person with a disability enjoys being seen as just a person. It seems that the disability often becomes visible only when a wheelchair enters the picture,” the company said.
“Our challenge was to keep the person visible while leaving not only the wheelchair but also the disability unnoticed. Using ingenious engineering solutions, we have achieved our goal.”
Chronus KIM1 will be showcased for the first time at Naidex, which will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on September 15-16.