A new invention was created to help children with disabilities rise from their wheelchairs and discover the world with their parents. Upsee is a way to help children with cerebral palsy and other such disabilities use their legs. The new device is also a tremendous help to parents. It comes as no surprise that Upsee was created by the mother of a child with cerebral palsy.
Israeli mom Debby Elnatan was faced with the trial of walking with her disabled son Rotem who cannot use his legs by himself. Although exoskeletons became more and more developed, such devices were expensive and unpractical for a small child. Debby was forced to search for a solution. This prompted her to create her very own device that allowed her to walk with Rotem. Now, the invention is a commercial product that can help parents worldwide.
Upsee features a harness for the child, a belt for the parent and special sandals. The child is placed in the harness, which is then attached to the parent’s belt for support. The special sandals allow both the parent and the child to step in time. In this way, their hands remain free and the whole experience is more realistic. Thus, the whole experience is more stimulating for the child.
The product is being manufactured by the Irish company Leckey. It is marketed by the postural care brand Firefly. The Firefly team worked closely with Debby in order to achieve the final, commercial form of Upsee. Engineers, designers, textile experts and therapists started working together in 2012 to see the project come to life.
Talking about Upsee, Firefly’s clinical research manager and occupational therapist, Clare Canale, said: “Short-term, the Upsee improves special needs family participation and quality of life, while research suggests it has the potential to help the with physical and emotional development in the longer term.”
Upsee will be available for purchase from April 7 at the price of US$489. What do you think of this new invention?
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