Toyota Helps U.S. Army Veteran with Human Support Robot

Toyota Helps U.S. Army Veteran with Human Support Robot

Summary: Romy Camargo was shot in the back of the neck while fighting in Afghanistan in 2008. Instead of asking “why me”, he and his wife, Gaby, opened the nonprofit Stay In Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center, a recovery center that provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians with spinal-cord injuries. Camargo continues to serve his country, just not in the way he originally planned. He and his family took an unimaginable tragedy and said: how can we help others? Toyota teamed with Camargo to test out their new support robot technology. Continue reading for the full story.

On September 16, 2008, while fighting in Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer-3 Romulo Camargo (Romy) and his 7th Special Forces Group were ambushed by Taliban forces spraying bullets and rocket grenades at the American soldiers. Camargo was shot in the back of the neck, causing paralysis from the neck down. The next years would be a challenge for Romy and his loved ones, but a fight the Camargo family was willing to take on. 

Romy and Toyota completed their first in-home trial of Toyota’s Human Support Robot, or HSR at the Camargo family home in Daytona, Florida. The HSR is the first of its kind for personal use. Toyota has committed to bettering the lives of individuals on and off the road with such advancements like “partner robots” which aim to assist people with everyday activities. These significant advancements in applied advanced technologies will help people with limited mobility, including seniors and those who are disabled. 

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