The challenge invited engineers, innovators and designers from around the world to submit designs for game-changing technologies
Five finalists for a smart assistive mobility technology challenge are being unveiled at the CES 2019 electronics trade show, which takes place in Las Vegas 8-11 January. Devices range from a hybrid exoskeleton on wheels to a powered wheelchair share scheme.
The three-year $4 million global Mobility Unlimited Challenge was launched in 2017 by the Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre. It aims to improve the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis.
The challenge invited engineers, innovators, and designers from across the world to submit designs for game-changing technologies, incorporating intelligent systems, to improve the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis.
Central to the Challenge is the importance of collaboration with end-users to develop devices which will integrate seamlessly into users’ lives and environments, while being comfortable and easy to use, enabling greater independence and increased participation in daily life.
Each of the finalists will receive a grant of $500,000 to develop their concept further, with the final challenge winner receiving $1 million in Tokyo in 2020.
The five finalists are:
Eighty entries were received from specialist teams in 28 countries globally and the finalists chosen by a panel of expert judges.
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