Tagged: Wheelchair

Disabled Russian man invents self-propelled scuba-wheelchair

Scuba Wheelchair

Artist Sue Austine is known as the first man to create an underwater-wheelchair for disabled and had displayed what could be achieved with it. However, it was an expensive scuba-diving piece of hardware that was beyond common man’s reach. However, now, Igor Skikevich, a 51-years-old disabled Russian man, claims to have invented Submarine-Wheelchair – an affordable scuba-diving wheelchair.  He is seen giving a demonstration in a video.  Igor is seen doing all kind of underwater stunts and movements to show how flexible the ride is. The wheelchair features two propellers attached to rear of it. A strap is attached to the chair to keep the diver in place. Read More…

SafariSeat – world’s first low cost, all-terrain wheelchair

SafariSeat all terrain wheelchair

Janna Deeble, a 23-year old British inventor, brought up in Kenya, was wheelchair bound for months after a fretful skateboarding accident that left him with a broken leg. Janna didn’t take the handicap as turndown, instead the youngster dedicated time to build the SafariSeat – world’s first low cost all-terrain wheelchair that can run with equal prowess in the desert and jungle. The all-terrain wheelchair is designed primarily as a way to easy commuting issues faced by wheelchair-bound individuals in rural Africa. Read More…

Ripchair off-road wheelchair packs a four-stroke engine

Ripchair off-road wheelchair

Wheelchairs with tank treads or track chairs are a common site, but here is the Ripchair – the Land Rover of the track chair industry. Built originally for the Discovery Channel show, Howe and Howe Technologies, the Ripchair has been redesigned by brother’s Michael and Geoffrey after popular demand to help mobility-challenged people to access terrains that are otherwise inaccessible. Combining power, durability and freedom of mobility in one, the extreme off-road wheelchair is easy to control and ride. Read More…

A year-old baby rides unfettered on a homemade wheelchair

Eva Moore get homemade wheelchair

The Moore’s family in Edmonton, Canada, is one strong family, and their newest member, the little one-year-old Eva Moore a very special kid. The miracle baby survives with permanent spinal cord damage, which has left her unable to walk. Despite the odds, Eva is inspiring everyone around by adapting to the tiny wheelchair her parents have put together, so that Eva can move about independently and do most of the things other kids of her age can do. Read More…

iBot 2.0: Stair-climbing, all-terrain wheelchair is just what the doctor ordered

iBot 2.0 wheelchair

When sales of the iBot 4000, a stair-climbing wheelchair were discontinued in 2009, Segway and iBot inventor Dean Kamen wouldn’t have expected the wheelchair to be revived. Toyota thought otherwise; therefore in collaboration with Kamen’s Deka Research and Development the former has produced an improved new version of the iBot. The basics of the four-wheel-drive remain intact. The motorized wheelchair has been made more robust and gets a range of new electronics, sensors and some software integration to function more seamlessly. Read More…

Wheelchair controlled by facial expressions, eyes and voice commands is here

Wheelie facial recognition wheelchair-1

Wheelchairs have come a long way since they were maneuvered by hand. They are now moved with the brain or steered by a motor. Now, a team of researchers in Brazil is finalizing a prototype of a wheelchair that works using facial recognition. In addition to facial expressions, the wheelchair called Wheelie can also be controlled by head movement, speech and eyes. Developed by HOO.BOX, Wheelie wants to be a handsfree solution for anyone recovering from stroke, suffering with cerebral palsy or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Read More…

Advanced standing wheelchair design gives disabled more freedom in life

Standing Wheelchair

Rehabilitation engineers at Minneapolis Veterans Affairs hospital have developed an advanced standing wheelchair to give paraplegics more freedom when it comes to performing daily chores of life. This is not the first time a standing wheelchair has been created, but this one is more advanced with focus on functionality and comfort of the user. The team have tested this wheelchair with John Christensen who has been paralyzed for more than 20 years. Thankfully, with this new wheelchair he can do things that earlier he was restricted to do. Most importantly this wheelchair prevents the occurrence of sores which can result from sitting in one position for a long time.
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Indian company develops solar-powered mobile shop for physically challenged

Sunny Splendor solar powered electric wheelchair

Electric wheelchairs have helped numerous people with disabilities around the world. Now, a Karnataka, India based company Ostrich Mobility has developed solar-powered electric wheelchair (in shape of a trike) which doubles as a mobile shop to allow physically challenged people earn their living by selling food items, toys, vegetables etc riding from place to place. Read More…

Disabled inventor’s eye-controlled wheelchair wins top prize of $196,000

Patrick Joyce Eyedrivomatic

Life is very difficult for people with disability who are dependent on caregivers to move from one place to the other in a wheelchair. Especially for people with motor disability which limits them from using electric wheelchairs. To get over this problem for people with such disabilities, Patrick Joyce from Wells, Somerset, Steve Evans from Thames and David Hopkinson from Ditton inSurrey have developed an Eyegaze technology module called Eyedrivomatic.
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Two-legged puppy gets 3D printed wheelchair to walk around

Tumbles puppy 3D printed wheelchair

It’s not always easy to be runt of the litter with just two legs. Life gets tough and you have to fight for the basic things like mother’s milk. Tumbles was one such two-week old puppy, for whom life was merciless until he was taken to a non-profit organization Friends of the Shelter Dogs’ (FOSD) pet shelter in Athens, Ohio. Since, two-legged Tumbles was not fit enough to feed on mother’s milk, FOSD decided he needed extra care and be bottle-fed to good health. Picture of the sweetheart were updated to FOSD’s Facebook Page where they caught eye of a couple who contacted the shelter to build a bespoke wheelchair for him. Read More…