Technological Advances in Wheelchairs

As technology rushes ahead I have been very interested to present innovations to our community.  Indeed , our  podcast now has an ‘innovation report’ as a regular segment.  The Saclevo wheelchair seems to fit into this categoty so here is the latest information courtesy of the Huffington Post.

There’s a wheelchair that can handle the roughest terrain. A contraption that enables kids in wheelchairs to swing on the playground just like any other child.

And now, thanks to a group of ambitious students, there’s a wheelchair that can climb stairs — no problem.

The Scalevo Wheelchair is the brainchild of 10 Zurich students studying mechanical and electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and industrial design at the Zurich University of the Arts, according to the group’s

Initially, ETH student Beni Winter set out to construct a robot that could climb stairs and film, according to the group’s blog. But after meeting with a professor, he and his team members refined the idea for the university project to invent a wheelchair that can ascend stairs.

Eventually, the innovators hope for the chair to be able to reach one step per second.

This could be wheelchair-users long-awaited solution if the prototype actually goes to market.

Back in 2009, the iBot, the U.S.’s first stair-climbing wheelchair was discontinued.

The Johnson & Johnson product was expensive, and required users to have use of at least one arm, and some upper body control, according to the Associated Press.

 

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