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. » 10/22/14 3:01pm 10/22/14 3:01pm

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. » 8/11/14 11:26am 8/11/14 11:26am

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… » 7/17/14 12:39pm 7/17/14 12:39pm

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. » 6/12/14 9:40am 6/12/14 9:40am

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… » 5/28/14 10:40am 5/28/14 10:40am

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. » 5/05/14 2:40pm 5/05/14 2:40pm

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. » 3/06/14 5:40pm 3/06/14 5:40pm

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… » 1/29/14 2:40pm 1/29/14 2:40pm

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. » 12/03/13 5:40pm 12/03/13 5:40pm

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… » 11/28/13 12:00pm 11/28/13 12:00pm

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… » 10/23/13 11:40am 10/23/13 11:40am

Is This Tiny Tank the Comfiest Wheelchair Ever?

It might look like a one-seat sofa capable of traversing almost any terrain on the planet, but this compact electric vehicle is actually designed to be a highly maneuverable and comfortable alternative to a traditional wheelchair. You won't ever see it cruising down sidewalks, but one day they might be crawling all… » 4/30/13 9:47am 4/30/13 9:47am

Electric Bike Tech Makes Power-Assisted Wheelchairs Way More Affordable

Not surprisingly, those fancy electric wheelchairs that let people with limited mobility cruise about with the push of a joystick are incredibly expensive. So adapting technology that powers modern electric bikes, Yamaha's JWX-2 electric assist gives that same mobility for less—and can be retrofitted to almost any… » 10/16/12 9:07am 10/16/12 9:07am

This Four-Legged Wheelchair Climbs Steps Like a Mountain Goat

Researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan have come up with a four-legged wheelchair design that lets the mobility device tackle steps and other obstacles that it simply couldn't with just four wheels. And it keeps its passenger level and perfectly safe when it's tip-toeing over uneven terrain. » 10/15/12 11:00am 10/15/12 11:00am

Wheelchair Morphs Into Bed, Claims Title of Ultimate Work-From-Home…

Transferring patients with limited mobility from a wheelchair to a bed could soon be an easier feat if Panasonic perfects this electric care bed it's been developing. It transforms from a wheelchair to a hospital bed so that patients don't ever have to actually be moved from one to the other. It's also an amazing… » 8/31/12 2:00pm 8/31/12 2:00pm

Underwater Wheelchair Rides Should Be a Real Thing

Would it ever really make sense to build wheelchairs that can cruise around underwater? Maybe not. But when it's an art project, watching a wheelchair power around in the sea is surreal and oddly mesmerizing. There's really nothing else to do but sit back and enjoy the visuals for what they are—beautiful. [… » 8/28/12 5:00pm 8/28/12 5:00pm

World's First Lego Electric Wheelchair Can Support a Two Hundred Pound…

It's not going to get you anywhere in a hurry, but Simon Burfield's joystick-controlled electric wheelchair is built from the ground up using just Lego. What's even more impressive is that the chair can carry someone up to 200 pounds in weight, as long as there aren't any obstacles for it to traverse. » 7/31/12 5:00pm 7/31/12 5:00pm

Brazen Alcoholic Gets a DUI On a Stolen Motorized Wheelchair

If you steal someone's motorized wheelchair to go for a joyride, you're sick—Or maybe just completely drunk like this guy. How drunk was Richard Kulma when he was busted? Three times the legal limit drunk. So too blacked out to walk let alone operate so much as a can opener. Look at this police dash cam footage in the… » 6/08/12 12:40pm 6/08/12 12:40pm

How to Turn Any Wheelchair Into an Electric Scooter

Since electric wheelchairs don't run forever, users will often still rely on a manual version for getting around the house. But depending on their physical condition, switching between devices can be difficult. So the IWA, or Independent Wheelchair Assist, adds a temporary electric drive to any chair. » 5/30/12 12:20pm 5/30/12 12:20pm

Tiny Skis for Wheelchairs Tackle Snow With Ease

The small and thin front wheels on a wheelchair or stroller might roll easy on hard surfaces, but on snow and ice they sink right in like a hot knife through butter. So a Swedish inventor has created a simple ski accessory that lets smaller wheels easily slide over frozen conditions. » 4/24/12 9:20am 4/24/12 9:20am