Push to Walk Introduces Robot Assistant, Budgee™, to Clients at Open House Event

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Push to Walk, a non-profit organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, welcomed “friendly robot assistant,” Budgee™, to Push to Walk’s 2015 Summer Boot Camp Open House for demonstrations and information sharing with clients and supporters.

Budgee Robot Assistant

Budgee™ is a fun and wonderfully helpful resource that can help people with disabilities by lessening the burden of transporting heavy materials and granting more independence and less reliance on others.

On Wednesday, July 15th, as a part of our week-long Summer Boot Camp, Push to Walk hosted an Open House event, inviting various vendors of adaptive resources for our clients. A standout vendor was 5 Elements Robotics, the maker of Budgee™, a personal assistant robot designed to follow their owner and carry their belongings.

The Budgee™ robot looks promising to aid in the everyday lives of people with disabilities, whether it be trips to the mall, grocery shopping or carrying luggage through an airport. Budgee™ uses sensors placed in the owners’ pockets to follow them around and keep the robot from falling down stairs or bumping into walls. It is able to carry up to 50 pounds and can also fold up into a portable form weighing only about 5 pounds. The robot runs up to 10 hours on a charge and will notify the owner when the charge is running low.

“We regularly monitor and research resources benefiting the spinal cord injury and paralysis community so we can share this information with our clients and supporters,” said Cynthia Templeton, President & Founder of Push to Walk. “Budgee™ is a fun and wonderfully helpful resource that can help people with disabilities by lessening the burden of transporting heavy materials and granting more independence and less reliance on others.”

For more information please visit the Push to Walk website: http://www.pushtowalknj.org or contact Stephanie Lajam at (862) 200-5848 or slajam(at)pushtowalknj(dot)org.

5 Elements Robotics website: http://5elementsrobotics.com/

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. Push to Walk is only able to cover about 65% of its operating costs through client fees, and relies on grants and fundraising events to help make up the difference. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit http://www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

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