Tag: Wheelchair

  • Salute to SafariSeat – An ingenious all-terrain wheelchair for the disabled in developing countries

    Salute to SafariSeat – An ingenious all-terrain wheelchair for the disabled in developing countries

    London-based social enterprise Uji recently came up with an innovative and highly durable wheelchair for the disabled inhabiting developing countries. Named SafariSeat, this all-terrain wheelchair happens to be Uji’s first project. A social enterprise company having resolved to make a real, honest difference, Uji operates on open-source principles. Their chief philosophy and ultimate objective is…

  • BMW to introduce racing wheelchair for Paralympics athletes

    BMW to introduce racing wheelchair for Paralympics athletes

    This is the coolest thing we’ve come upon from BMW. The German auto-manufacturer is using their wizardry to develop a racing wheelchair for the US Paralympics Track and Field team, who will be competing in the 2016 Rio games. The project has employed world-class designers from Designworks, a global creative consultancy, to work closely with…

  • JWX-2 20 inch by Yamaha Motors is an electric unit assist for children’s wheelchair

    JWX-2 20 inch by Yamaha Motors is an electric unit assist for children’s wheelchair

    Yamaha has developed a 20 inch electric assist unit for wheelchair called the JWX-2 which can turn an ordinary wheelchair into a powered wheelchair. The 20 inch model specially made for children is smaller than the conventional 22 or 24 inch models. The new JWX-2 can be mounted on any normal manual wheelchair, the buttons…

  • All-weather extreme wheelchair with tank tracks demolishes toughest of the terrains

    All-weather extreme wheelchair with tank tracks demolishes toughest of the terrains

    We have always believed that people confined to wheelchairs and paraplegics don’t get to have fun and are forced to settle for mundane mobility options. And it’s not that technology doesn’t exist to build something better than the existing wheelchairs. But there is something new, something mighty good! Behold the new ‘Ziesel’ which promises to…

  • Japan based company launches “Unimo”; 1-seater sofa like EV

    Japan based company launches “Unimo”; 1-seater sofa like EV

    Most of the Wheelchairs that double up as electric vehicles (EV) are utilitarian in nature without much styling features. Nano-Optonics Energy, a Japan based company, has come up with a one-seater electric vehicle (EV) called “Unimo” that looks like a sofa and has most of its mechanical bits hidden behind its flat panels. The EV…

  • British artist dives underwater on a wheelchair!

    British artist dives underwater on a wheelchair!

    There was a time when wheelchairs were limited to well-paved surfaces and taking these anywhere beyond seemed impossible. British artist Sue Austin, also a wheelchair user, has envisioned a way to take wheelchairs to places never gone before. Called the “Creating a Spectacle” concept, this series of live and film events portray a heavily modified…

  • Operating wheelchairs with a user’s tongue now made possible

    Operating wheelchairs with a user’s tongue now made possible

    Operating wheelchairs in the near future could soon turn into an easier task. Since quite a while now, the sip-and-puff technology has been used by the disabled to get around on electric wheelchairs. Making wheelchair controls more subtle and intelligent, the Georgia Institute for Technology has come up with a prototype dental retainer that controls…

  • Walking Chair, the spider-legged chair for the disabled

    Walking Chair, the spider-legged chair for the disabled

    Wheelchairs have their limitations, making a few places pretty inaccessible to the mobility-impaired folks. Martin Harris, a design student, recently came up with what he calls the Walking Chair, a wheelchair that kicks its wheels away, instead opting for its own set of legs, enabling it to literally walk around. The Walking Chair, unlike wheelchairs,…

  • Robot-wheelchair makes life easier for the elderly

    Robot-wheelchair makes life easier for the elderly

    The elderly have their fair share of trouble trying to get around. Keeping that in mind, researchers at the ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories have developed a wheelchair with a touch of automation, enabling better mobility for the elderly. The robot-wheelchair packs GPS, ubiquitous sensor networks and mobile devices. On a test run, the…

  • Video: Augmented wheelchair with brain-control

    Video: Augmented wheelchair with brain-control

    As cool as it may seem, the idea of a brain-controlled wheelchair is something that been intriguing us for quite a while and Professor Xavier from X-Men hasn’t done too much to deny us any amount of curiosity. This wheelchair by researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (or EPFL) in Switzerland has raised…