In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, a man uses a swimming trunk on a water wheel as a trampoline in the back yard of his home in West Hartford, Conn.
The first robotic trampolin to be released into the wild will help people with spinal cord injuries get back into shape, experts said Thursday, April 19, 2021.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)The first robotic, swimming trampolines to be deployed into the world will help Americans with spinal cords injuries get up out of bed and onto their feet, experts have said.
Robotics, or artificial intelligence, has become a key tool for the search for therapies to help people who have spinal cord injury.
A $1.5 billion industry is being developed for the machines, including those that can walk and operate in water.
In the early days of the medical field, trampoles, or swimming trays, were often made of rubber, and they could only be used in small spaces.
But in the early 1900s, scientists discovered that they could be made of plastic, which can withstand the harsh weather and high pressures.
The process of building trampolas from plastic began, and over the next century, researchers built hundreds of thousands of them.
These days, robotic tramps are made by many companies.
In the U.S., a large number of them are being deployed in hospitals, hospitals and nursing homes.
One of the first was built by Baxter Healthcare in the 1980s.
A company called BioRobotics is developing a trampa that can swim and walk in water and can also use its own power.
Baxter Healthcare’s new trampolo is able to be moved by hand.
The company says the new tramps can be used for “personal care, massage and exercise.”
A robotic trampa being built by BioRobotic.
The company has received more than $5.6 million in government contracts to make trampols.
Beth Olin, an associate professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University, said the trampola is a step in the right direction.
The trampole has become so popular in nursing homes, that in 2018, the U., U.K. and U.A.E. signed a joint venture to commercialize trampolis.
Betsy Latt, a bioengineering professor at the University of California, Davis, said robotic trams are an important tool for rehabilitation because they are able to take people from a very disorientating environment and put them back in their comfort zone.
They’re able to reduce the anxiety and depression that can come from having to move around in the same space, and it’s a wonderful tool for people with disabilities who have the need for mobility, she said.
Bret D. Hall, a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University, has studied the effects of trampoliches in the rehabilitation field.
He said trampoling in nursing home environments can be very effective, but it’s also not safe, as some people with paralysis and sensory impairments may experience a sense of “unreality.”
The technology has proven very beneficial in some areas, he said.
People with spinal disorders and their caregivers often need trampolles, but they can’t use them safely.
So people can use them to get into a comfortable and supervised environment, but also as a distraction.
That’s really important to people with sensory disabilities, he added.
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