Arrow Hits Target with Sam Suit

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Lots of drama in Sunday’s Indy 500. Takuma Sato the winner over Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal. Sato is the 20th to win a second 500, the first in 2017.

But what I’ll take away from this is what Arrow Electronics revealed during a commercial.

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By far racing isn’t what’s at the top of its priority list. The exoskeletal Sam Suit for team owner Sam Schmidt looked like something from a sci-fi movie.

Schmidt has been in a wheelchair since his IndyCar accident in January 2000 during off-season testing in Florida. The accident rendered him a quadriplegic, and put him on a respirator for five months.

But in the last five years Arrow, one of Sam’s sponsors, has tricked out a Corvette that allows Sam to control the car at speed with his eyes. And now it’s working on the exo suit that allows him to walk.

Arrow says this is just the beginning. What this means for victims of spinal cord injuries is just wonderful. If you don’t find this stunning, check your pulse.

Peace.

August 23, 2020

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