Published: Friday 15 August 1997

An interlocking bed and wheelchair has been developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which could help disabled or elderly people to move from bed to chair without help. The electrically-powered wheelchair is designed to be used with a horseshoe-shaped bed, forming a system called Rhombus. It can be docked in the horseshoe section of the system and then lowered and flattened for it to form a part of the bed. The wheelchair can also respond to muscle movement and the speed and direction of the wheelchair can be controlled with a joystick.

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