Redesigned Handles Make It Easier To Push And Pull A Wheelchair

Their design is mostly functional as is, but until now no one has really stopped to ask if the handles on the back of a wheelchair could be improved. It turns out the answer is yes — an emphatic yes, in fact — given how useful these ergonomic alternatives appear to be.

Why Don't We Design A Better Wheelchair?

What’s the difference between using a wheelchair and wearing glasses? Both take advantage of technology to adjust or enhance human capabilities. Yet we tend to consider people in wheelchairs as disabled, and people with glasses as, well, relatively normal. It’s all about perspective.

This Genius Wheelchair Turns Your Tongue Into A Joystick

Getting around in a wheelchair is difficult enough, even when one still has use of their upper extremities. Quadriplegics face an exponentially more difficult challenge: controlling the wheelchair by sucking or blowing air through a straw. But this new powered wheelchair from the Georgia Institute of Technology will respond to a flick of the user’s tongue.

This Professor X-Approved Futuristic Wheelchair Is Arriving Next Year

The original WHILL was a clamp on device designed to power manual wheelchairs lacking an electric motor. Unfortunately, it turns out it will never see the light of day, but the design and technology behind that original concept have been repurposed for the futuristic Whill Type-A electric wheelchair that’s actually now up for pre-order with an expected delivery of early next year.

Is This Tiny Tank The Comfiest Wheelchair Ever?

It might look like a one-seat sofa capable of traversing almost any terrain on the planet, but this compact electric vehicle is actually designed to be a highly manoeuvrable and comfortable alternative to a traditional wheelchair. You won’t ever see it cruising down footpaths, but one day they might be crawling all over hospitals.

Electric Bike Tech Makes Power-Assisted Wheelchairs More Affordable

Not surprisingly, those fancy electric wheelchairs that let people with limited mobility cruise about with the push of a joystick are incredibly expensive. So adapting technology that powers modern electric bikes, Yamaha’s JWX-2 electric assist gives that same mobility for less — and can be retrofitted to almost any manually driven wheelchair.

This Four-Legged Wheelchair Climbs Steps Like A Mountain Goat

Researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan have come up with a four-legged wheelchair design that lets the mobility device tackle steps and other obstacles that it simply couldn’t with just four wheels. And it keeps its passenger level and perfectly safe when it’s tip-toeing over uneven terrain.

When A Snowboard And A Motorbike Collide, Anyone Can Ride The Slopes

Putting a new spin (literally) on the adaptive snowboards that let those with physical disabilities still enjoy snowsports, the folks at Signal Snowboards worked with Crankbrothers to design what could be the world’s first snow-friendly wheelchair.

Wheelchair Morphs Into Bed, Claims Title Of Ultimate Work-From-Home Accessory

Transferring patients with limited mobility from a wheelchair to a bed could soon be an easier feat if Panasonic perfects this electric care bed it’s been developing. It transforms from a wheelchair to a hospital bed so that patients don’t ever have to actually be moved from one to the other. It’s also an amazing accessory for telecommuters, and finally puts mankind on the road to the future predicted in Pixar’s Wall-E.

Underwater Wheelchair Rides Should Be Real

Would it ever really make sense to build wheelchairs that can cruise around underwater? Maybe not. But when it’s an art project, watching a wheelchair power around in the sea is surreal and oddly mesmerising.