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

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

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

Roosevelt—The Bi-Pedal, Off-Roading Border Collie

As any Border Collie owner (*raises hand*) can tell you, to describe them as "high energy" is modest at best. Bred as herding dogs, they required near constant activity and attention because if they aren't "working," they aren't happy. » 4/23/12 11:00pm 4/23/12 11:00pm

Roosevelt taking a hike Roosevelt in his harness Roosevelt sans his harness.