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Every Kid Can Enjoy a Day at the Waterpark With This Air-Powered Wheelchair

Most electric wheelchairs and mobility devices can easily shrug off a little rain, but on the whole, they really don’t mix well with water. So engineers at the University of Pittsburgh designed a powered wheelchair that runs on compressed air, allowing those with limited mobility to safely enjoy a day at the water…

It's Impossible to Fall Off the Optimus Prime of Wheelchairs

The iBOT mobility system was a stair-climbing wheelchair that could also turn into a Segway. And sadly, it no longer exists.

Inspiring guy uses his wheelchair to pull sweet skateboard tricks Inspiring guy uses his wheelchair to pull sweet skateboard tricks

What are limits? Nothing to Aaron Fotheringham, also known as Wheelz. He can do more tricks with his wheelchair than you can with a skateboard. Fotheringham has been using a wheelchair full time since he was 8 and has worked with Box Designs Wheelchairs to better tweak his custom chair so he can do more tricks.…

This Incredibly Innovative Wheelchair Is Controlled By Your Face This Incredibly Innovative Wheelchair Is Controlled By Your Face

Wheelchairs have been built for people who cannot move their hands, but many of these required the ability to turn the head, which not everyone can do. This design only requires control of the facial muscles, and it makes me flex my smile.

Row, Row, Row Your... Wheelchair Row, Row, Row Your... Wheelchair

It's not the most orthodox approach to getting around in a wheelchair. And you're sure to get some odd looks as you row yourself down the sidewalk, minus a set of paddles. But this chair's innovative propulsion system does more than just miminize arm and joint pain.

Airline Takes Apart Dude's $20,000 Wheelchair and Gives Him Back Pieces Airline Takes Apart Dude's $20,000 Wheelchair and Gives Him Back Pieces

Federal rules state clearly that wheelchairs may be taken apart during a flight in order to save room. But they also say they'll be put back together. Except when they're not. Then you're kinda screwed.

Tongue Piercings Can Steer Wheelchairs Tongue Piercings Can Steer Wheelchairs

Researchers have tested a tongue piercing that'll allow paralyzed people to steer their wheelchairs in any direction. All they have to do is move their tongue a specific direction and the wheelchair will follow.

Laser Guided Wheelchair Laser Guided Wheelchair

Who says wheelchairs have to be boring? A sweet new ride developed at Sweden's Luleå University of Technology features a cutting edge navigational laser that lets the visually impaired venture out on their own.

Motorizing a Manual Wheelchair With a Friggin Lawnmower Motorizing a Manual Wheelchair With a Friggin Lawnmower

The problem with naming our tools is that we tend to pigeonhole them. Case in point: who says a lawnmower is strictly for mowing lawns? Especially when it's clearly equally well suited to the business of playing mighty steed to your manual wheelchair chariot. [Presurfer]

The Wheelchair of the Future Is Like a Bicycle Rowboat The Wheelchair of the Future Is Like a Bicycle Rowboat

The problem with current wheelchairs? They're not versatile enough for developing countries' unpaved roads, steep hillsides and generally handicap unfriendly buildings. Enter the Leveraged Freedom Chair, a more powerful wheelchair controlled by levers that moves like a mountain bike.

Man Told His All-Terrain Wheelchair Can't Be Used as It Resembles a Tank Man Told His All-Terrain Wheelchair Can't Be Used as It Resembles a Tank

Jim Starr's wheelchair may be able to transport him across snow, sand and surf (and probably even the surface of the moon), but he won't be wheelin' it on British roads any longer because it's been classed as a tank.

Crazy Wheelchair Kamikaze Plunges Into Elevator Shaft Crazy Wheelchair Kamikaze Plunges Into Elevator Shaft

Woman gets into elevator. Closes door. Guy slams his motorized wheelchair against the door. Guy gets mad, keeps ramming door. Door breaks. Guy falls down elevator shaft. I know this is what happens here. I just can't understand it.

Stairs Aren't A Problem With Futuristic Tank Tread Wheelchair Stairs Aren't A Problem With Futuristic Tank Tread Wheelchair

Josefina Chaves-Posse's Zenith wheelchair promises to conquer stairs and make you look like an all-around bad-ass. And although the Zenith hasn't been road-tested yet, its colossal treads alone make us fear for the inevitable senior citizen revolution.

Nimbl Wheelchair Has Hubless Wheels and Go-Go-Gadget Seat Nimbl Wheelchair Has Hubless Wheels and Go-Go-Gadget Seat

The Nimbl wheelchair, designed by Lawrence Kwok, is intended for use in a home that hasn't been retrofitted for full handicap access. But why stay home when your wheelchair looks this good.

Lightweight Wheelchair Designed For Man With One Limb Lightweight Wheelchair Designed For Man With One Limb

I can't even imagine what it's like to lose one limb, let along three, but it's reassuring to know that at least there's a wheelchair out there that's suitable for those in a similar situation to Bryan Anderson. UPDATE

A Wheelchair Controlled By Man's Mighty Will

The chair displays a realtime 3D HUD while the user concentrates on basic functions, such as rotating the chair left or right. That information is read by the chair via EEG waves (the electricity running along your scalp as a byproduct of your brain working). It's the same idea we've seen in recent game controllers,…

Ben Heck's Blow-Powered Kick Pedal Lets People in Wheelchairs Enjoy Guitar Hero 4 Ben Heck's Blow-Powered Kick Pedal Lets People in Wheelchairs Enjoy Guitar Hero 4

Super-modder Ben Heck has used his powers for good. Again! This time, he's helping the wheelchair-bound enjoy Guitar Hero 4's drums by using a blow-tube to operate the kick pedal.

Multi-Function Wheelchair Doubles As a Toilet Multi-Function Wheelchair Doubles As a Toilet

The Home Chare—yes, that's chare, not chair—is a combination wheelchair for the disabled and for Jabba the Hutts. This device not only can be adjusted into a bed and standing aid, but also can double as a toilet via a replaceable seatless cushion. We can't see how this toilet design is convenient though, unless, of…

Walking Chair: Evolution Hasn't Been Wasted on Places to Sit Walking Chair: Evolution Hasn't Been Wasted on Places to Sit

It's called the walking chair, but we know better. This four-legged wheelchair replacement, on exhibit at Robo Japan 2008, is not about traversing uneven terrain or allowing mechanical creations to move more like organic beings. It's about man fusing with both insects and robots to create a new race founded on pure…

Rock Band Drum Kit Gets Wheelchair Accessible (With How To) Rock Band Drum Kit Gets Wheelchair Accessible (With How To)

The folks at Kinetic Communications took the Rock Band Drum Kit, which totally isn't wheelchair accessible thanks to its bass kick pedal, and put $20 worth of their own accessibility mod into it to make sure it is. All it took was a doorbell, a Y cable, a pair of pliers and some sweat and they made a Rock Band kick…

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