wheelchairs

This Ultralight Electric Wheelchair Folds Up Like A Lawn Chair

At just 17kg — including its electric motor and rechargeable battery — the creators of the Zinger claim their electric wheelchair is the world’s lightest. It even folds flat just like a lawn chair, and while you won’t want to have to carry it on a long walk to the beach, it’s easier to toss into the trunk of a car than most non-powered wheelchairs.


You Can Finally Buy The Wheelchair Professor X Would Use

The Whill started life as an innovative device designed to give manual wheelchairs an electric motor so they were self-propelled. But since its inception, the Whill has evolved into a full-fledged personal mobility device with a unique control mechanism and even smartphone connectivity.


This Farmer Reinvented The Wheel To Build A Better Wheelchair

It’s one of the most stale idioms in the book: “Don’t reinvent the wheel”. But that didn’t stop Gilad Wolf, the Israeli inventor who found that comfortably getting around in a conventional wheelchair was nearly impossible. Instead, Wolf set out to reinvent his wheelchair wheels.


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.