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This Clever Wheelchair Redesign Lets Riders Steer By Simply Leaning to the Side

The convenience of never having to recharge a manually-powered wheelchair is often outweighed by the fact that riders must use both arms to steer it. Carrying something like a smartphone at the same time is a big challenge, so a Swiss design student was inspired to design a better wheelchair that allows riders to…

CES 2018's Hottest Tech Trend Might Be Gadgets for Old People CES 2018's Hottest Tech Trend Might Be Gadgets for Old People

Before the show floor opens to throngs of tech enthusiasts, and before big companies like Sony, Samsung, and LG reveal their latest and greatest to the world, we get a sneak peek at the trends shaping CES 2018 at an event called CES: Unveiled. And millennials be damned, because this year, the best gadgets could be…

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…

Here's a Ghostbusters 'Remake' No One Could Have a Problem With

Remember the brilliant Star Wars Snowspeeder costume that Ryan Scott Miller built around his son’s wheelchair last Halloween? He’s already managed to top himself a year later by now turning Jeremy’s wheelchair into a miniature version of the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1. This kid is getting so much candy.

Rolling This Wheelchair's Wheels Backwards Somehow Propels It Forward

When the RoChair first appeared back in 2011, the wheelchair used an unorthodox center-mounted drive lever, operated with a rowing motion, to propel it forwards. Four years later the RoChair has been completely redesigned to look more traditional, until you see someone operating it.

Hand-Powered Wheelchair That Can Scoot Around Upright Is Brilliant

Before the Segway, inventor Dean Kamen created a standing, self-balancing wheelchair called the iBot that gave users more independence and freedom. It also cost $25,000, and is no longer available. But a new all-mechanical alternative might provide the same improvements in quality of life for users, at a much cheaper…

Brilliant Hands-Free Wheelchair Balances On Two Wheels Like a Segway

The first time New Zealand inventor Kevin Halsall stepped on a Segway, he saw the potential of using the technology to build a wheelchair that could be controlled without a joystick or requiring the rider to use their hands at all. So he bought one, stripped it down, and turned it into the Ogo.

This Incredible Wheelchair Can Climb Stairs Like a Tank

Technology has been making wheelchairs more convenient and easier to use, but this crazy amazing model that actually scales staircases is a metaphorical mic drop.

Students Built the World's Smallest Electric Wheelchairs Students Built the World's Smallest Electric Wheelchairs

Three-year-old Tanner Jensen and his 20-month-old brother Skyler were both born with a rare genetic condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy which means they can’t walk, crawl, control their heads, or even lift their arms. But life for the young brothers will soon be improving thanks to students at Brigham Young…

This Sleek Carbon Fiber Wheelchair Is What Professor X Would Use This Sleek Carbon Fiber Wheelchair Is What Professor X Would Use

Design options for wheelchairs seem stuck on a spectrum from boring to next-level boring. That's what Andrew Slorance wants to change. The UK-based entrepreneur is in the process of getting his Carbon Black chairs FDA approved to bring the distinctly stylish chairs to the U.S.

A Wheelchair That Gives the Rider Even More Mobility Than Walking A Wheelchair That Gives the Rider Even More Mobility Than Walking

The world's already got its fair share of tank-treaded wheelchairs that can traverse any terrain, but a personal mobility device that looks as fun to ride as an ATV? There's definitely still room for the HexHog in our hearts, on our hilly fields and mountains, and even in shallow water, apparently.

This Ultralight Electric Wheelchair Folds Up Like a Lawn Chair This Ultralight Electric Wheelchair Folds Up Like a Lawn Chair

At just 38 pounds—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…

You Can Finally Buy the Wheelchair Professor X Would Use 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 Bike Started Life As a Wheelchair This Bike Started Life As a Wheelchair

To promote an upcoming charity bike ride for the local Heart and Stroke Foundation, Toronto-based ad agency Agency59 turned a wheelchair into a fully functional bicycle. It took the brains (and fabrication know-how) of an expert designer, but the finished product is completely rideable, as its creator demonstrates in…

This Farmer Reinvented the Wheel to Build a Better Wheelchair 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 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.

How A California City's Sidewalks Were Redesigned for Wheelchairs How A California City's Sidewalks Were Redesigned for Wheelchairs

The story of how Berkeley, California, first got wheelchair-accessible sidewalks in the 1970s is an unlikely mix of public protest, anti-war sentiment, and the grassroots potential of urban planning for the people, by the people. Writing for Boom, Bess Williamson explains how the city began to redesign itself for…

Why Don't We Design a Better Wheelchair? 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 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…

This Professor X-Approved Futuristic Wheelchair Is Arriving Next Year 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…

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