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Researchers at the Polytechnic University in Tokyo have developed the Magic Carpet, a machine that enables young children with walking problems to experience moving around and become used to the wheelchairs they will eventually need to use.

Devices that help disabled people to get around haven’t been updated too much in the past few decades – but we have seen a few innovations in this area such as AMS Mekatronic’s Tek RMD. With this in mind, researchers at the Polytechnic University in Tokyo have developed the Magic Carpet, a machine that enables young children with walking problems to experience moving around independently and become used to the wheelchairs they will eventually need to use.

The device consists of a carpeted platform on wheels with intuitive controls that allow the child to move it forwards and backwards or to spin on the spot in a left or right direction.