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A South Korean company has unveiled a prototype for the world’s first manned, two-legged robot. It’s 4m High!
When it came up with “Potential uses” on the video I thought the first one should be to fight other 4m high robots!
I wonder when we’ll ever see the first manned walking robot on the moon?
A pair of Diadora shin guards proved to be the perfect solution to help Georgi use his standing wheelchair without having the leg restraint cut into his skin.
After Georgi had his operation we needed to buy him something to let him stand upright. A standing table would have been the cheapest option but that would have been static and quite a problem to lift him up and get him strapped in - and probably quite boring for him too!
A sit-to-stand chair would have been and improvement but, again, quite a static option.
So we splashed the cash and bought him a motorised standing wheelchair which, while we still need to lift him into it, allows him to sit or stand and motor around the house destroying the furniture at the flick of a joystick.
However, due to his contractures, he can’t straighten his legs sufficiently well to allow him to stand up straight and although the machine we bought came with a foam restraint to keep his legs together and allow him to stand, because his knees are always bent this restraint actually pressed into his shins and caused terrible sores… and sometimes bleeding too.
The solution was one which Georgi himself thought of - a pair of football shin guards (or shin pads, as I’ve always known them) proved to be perfect for stopping the restraint from cutting into his legs.
The result is that Georgi can now stay standing for much longer and until he gets tired, instead of when his legs start hurting.
Thank you Diadora!
Cheap way to add USB 3.0 for short-term use (e.g. to save data from an old machine)
I tried this on 2 nearly identical machines and it worked well on only one of them - the other was a little temperamental. The little plastic spacer is difficult to attach so that it stays put, and pushing the USB plug in the end of it actually made the card pop out of the slot, so I resorted to attaching the USB cable before inserting the card.
That being said it was cheap and did the job I wanted it for (to transfer a lot of data from one machine to a Buffalo Drive), but I’m glad that the newer machines all have USB 3.0 sockets built in.
If you’re looking for something a bit more permanent then I would have a shop around for something which gets a few more thumbs up than I can give this.