​This looks like a dream come true for wheelchair users

by The REJIGIT Blog

February 2024

Chronus Robotics is a Lithuanian based research and development company and they have developed a self-balancing Personal Mobility Robot. The founders of the company are all from one family, Ričardas Griška together with his sons Karolis and Matyinas.

The streamlined robot body supports the legs and back of a user. The ergonomic design helps keep the user comfortable as they use the device to travel up to 20 kph (12 mph) and allows users to change their position to anywhere from sitting down to being at normal eye-level. The Kim-e is controlled by upper body movements, making it hands-free. The device is powered by a lithium battery which allows for travel for up to 30 km (19 miles) on a full four-hour charge. It can be folded down for easy travel and weighs 38kg including battery.

Kim-e can be used in a seated position or standing and any height in-between thanks to a hydraulic scissor-lift which alters the seat angle. It can climb slopes of up to 20 degrees and the device has an integrated air shock absorber. The self-balancing capability is provided by a gyro monorail mechanism (think Segway).

The unique and revolutionary design of the Kim-e Mobility Robot allows a user to remain visible but renders his or her disability to be impressively unnoticeable.

Seat height from ground level: 50 – 88 cm

Batteries: 620 Wh / 55.5 V / 11.2 Ah. Battery charge time: 4 hours

Obstacle height: 5 cm on standard tyres & 7 cm on off-road tyres

Turning radius: R=0

Parking: button operated stabilising legs

Total width: 59 cm, Total length: 60 – 70 cm, Overall height: 105 cm

Transport dimensions LxWxH: 70 x 59 x 56 cm (with the backrest folded)

Wheel diameter: 39 cm

User weight range: 40 – 90 kg

Lighting: built-in front and rear LED lights

Check out this extraordinary machine on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uf8a0EA95I

Chronus Robotics were winners of the World Invention Award at the 2020/21 British Invention Show.