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    Wildly Wonderful Wheelchair Design Concepts


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    I didn't know that evacuation chairs like this existed before this company introduced it to us:
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    Website: http://www.escapeconsult.biz http://www.evacchair.sg
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    Segway PUMA 'car' - Not just for disabled


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    New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

    VOA News, March 27, 2015 6:01 PM

    MIT Comes up with a wheelchair propelled by levers that are especially useful for moving over the rugged surfaces often encountered in developing countries like India.

    Video: http://av.voanews.com/Videoroot/Pangeavideo/2015/03/4/48/48ce228e-f900-4741-a327-2b677e4431d8_mobile.mp4

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    Shock-Absorbing Bike Wheel for Wheelchairs

    Apr 8, 2015
    Entrepreneurs love to claim they’re “reinventing the wheel.” So what do you say when you’ve actually reinvented the wheel? “I love spokes, I’ve just come up with something different,” explains Sam Pearce, a British designer who, if you haven’t guessed already, created a spoke-less, shock-absorbing wheel that’s being used on wheelchairs and bicycles. Loopwheels, as its called, was recently shortlisted for the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year award. When we first covered the product in 2013, cycling enthusiasts gave it a ringing endorsement, saying they were “immediately impressed at the ride quality.” Since then, Loopwheels has expanded from bikes to wheelchairs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7C43kTkVQc

    Loopwheels first debuted on bikes—mountain bikes are next—before a wheelchair manufacturer caught wind of the new wheels and started sourcing them from Pearce. “We say it’s triple-smooth,” Pearce says. The suspension in the wheels smooths out any traveling over bumps, and “gets rid of all the road buzz.” That’s crucial to wheelchair users, whose bodies are in full contact with the vehicle, meaning they often absorb road shock right along with the chair. Equally important to users? Cost. Pearce says he more or less arrived at an ideal design two years ago, but has since worked on refining manufacturing techniques, in part by adopting processes from the auto industry, to get the price down from $2,000 a wheel, to a few hundred dollars (depending on the model). “There’s only so much people will pay for new technology,” Pearce says. That’s true for wheelchairs, and it’s true for mountain bikes, which Pearce says is next in line for Loopwheels.

    http://www.wired.com/2015/04/clever-...w-wheelchairs/

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    wheelchairs are really useful most specifically to those that are handicapped and also physically disabled since it helps them do the things that they want and also makes their lives much easier and bearable. Thanks for sharing. Wheelchair Online

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    Autonomous wheelchair

    There are people developing autonomous cars, boats, planes and, heck, even garbage-munching aquatic drones — so why not wheelchairs, too?

    That’s the mission of Brenna Argall, an assistant professor of Rehabilitation Robotics at Northwestern University. Argall and her team are developing autonomous wheelchairs designed for people with severe disabilities, such as significant motor impairments or the physical inability to operate a traditional control mechanism like a joystick.

    “By making assistive machine easier to control, because they can autonomously control themselves, our goal is to make people with severe motor impairments more able and independent,” Argall says.


    Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-te...#ixzz4KcnuVN6S
    Sep 15, 2016

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    Techy wheelchairs in Rio paralympics 2016

    High-tech has never been more important than in Rio and inevitably athletes from rich countries are benefiting most, using cutting-edge gear to escape ever further from the limitations of their disabled bodies.

    At the track and field stadium, four US athletes are riding what BMW calls "the world's fastest wheelchair," the US team told AFP. The machine, created by BMW's California-based firm Designworks and customized to fit each athlete, is made from carbon fiber. Long, low and triangular, it looks very little like a traditional wheelchair.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-bmw-whe...-life.html#jCp

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    MIT develops self-driving wheelchair
    20 Feb 2017

    Equipped with three LiDAR sensors, the wheelchair works much like a self-driving car. Before going into service, someone manually drives it through a given area, and the sensors build a map details how wide the hallways are, where the pillars are, and so on. Once that’s set, the user selects where he or she wants to go by click on the map, and the chair gets going, using the sensors to look for “dynamic obstacles”—like people walking around, or that chair that wasn’t there earlier.

    https://www.wired.com/2017/02/mits-n...lchair-drives/

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    Remote-control transfer wheelchair, Autoadapt for facilitating transfer from car and other technologies showcased at 8th International Ageing Asia Innovation Forum 2017, Singapore



    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...novation-forum

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