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You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do you build?

Right now I would build the perfect machine to transfer a paralysed person from bed to a wheelchair or to the bathroom. Something small, and manoeuvrable that would fit in a small apartment. A single machine for all the manoeuvres needed, inexpensive and easy to handle. Something automatic, and at the same time safe for the patient and for the caregiver.It would save a lot of back aches and tiredness to the caregiver and insecurity to the patient. The caregiver don’t have to become a load lifter. But sometimes, doing those manoeuvres of transference from bed to the wheelchair and so on, is so exhausting that one has no strength to do other things more important for the well-being of the patient. People who have suffered a brain stroke need attention, personal care, observation, conversation, little exercises. They need, most of all, company. But the family around get exhausted doing for them difficult services like those before mentioned. The cranes and other machines that are in the market are awfully expensive or too big for small apartments.

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  1. I saw something like that on Facebook with a film to show how it all works. It was intended for caring personnel, but I am should you could get the hand of it. I just do not know what it would cost. It transferred the person to a wheelchair in a simple operation – no machine. I think it was some sort of special cushion used. If I see it again I will send you the link.

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