Wheelchair, Version 1.0

Forget the $100 laptop, the $44.40 wheelchair is a real breakthrough. Though over 100 million people need wheelchairs, not all of them are able to afford one. So mechanical engineer Don Schoendorfer decided to help the world with this problem, setting up the Free Wheelchair Mission in California, which makes this extremely affordable, garden-variety wheelchair with plastic chair, for under $50. The wheelchairs are made in China and assembled here in the US before they are delivered to the needy. Good job, Don, I think you're going to heaven for this one.

Gizmo of the Week: the US$44.40 wheelchair [Gizmag]