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Mobility on Wheelchairs, a Challenge No More

Mobility on Wheelchairs

The only way disabled people have found their means of mobility is through the use of wheelchairs. Its humble beginnings started when a British National John Dawson created the Bath Chair in 1783. These wheelchairs have increased their number of improvements every year to advance their mobility capabilities.

Using a wheel chair can be very strenuous for the disabled person. They are already dealing with the mental stress and hardships of managing their daily activities using their bodies and using manual wheelchairs-though a necessity- has been adding physical stress to their overall condition.

Using a manual wheelchair requires a lot of twist and turns of the body and it is difficult to maneuver them in tight spaces and carpeted floors. Plus, those who do not have the luxury of affording a powered wheelchair, end up using crutches which can cause harm and inflict damage to the arms and shoulders for a long period of time.

For years now, mechanical engineers have been relentless in their research, looking for solutions by creating all kinds of advanced wheelchairs to make life easier for unfortunate people. From creating wheelchairs that provide the best stairlifts and long distance mobility with ease, engineers have now found a number of designs that can make these ideals possible.


Scewo

10 students, alongside their partnership with Zurich’s Federal Institute of Technology and the University of Arts, were able to create a mobility device called Scewo which won the top awards and ended up beating a number of brilliant transport inventions in the transport category of the 2017 Beasley Designs.

In order to move up and down the stairs-which is one of the biggest hurdle people in wheelchairs have to deal with this mobility device offers a solution for this dilemma. The device has a retractable set of rubber tracks that allow smooth movement of the device making it easier and way more possible for people using it to reach and climb to distances which seemed impossible in their condition.

Another incredible function that this device provides is that, at its rear, it has an extra pair of wheels that lets the users alter the height of their seats so finding the right wheelchair that can adjust to your height is no longer an issue. Furthermore, to make travels even simpler to maneuver in areas with a lot of rubble, the device also has two large wheels that help in avoiding making contact with stones, dirt, mud or any other obstacle in the way.

It also has a number of safety features such as one that helps to prevent falling off from the chair. Due to its strength, agility and many other unique features, this mobility design device might just be what people tired of manual wheelchairs are looking for.

Easy Push

The Illinois startup had wanted to develop a wheelchair that can provide advanced capabilities of mobility while maintaining the traditional design of the manual wheelchair itself- and that is exactly how Easy Push came into existence.

Aside from manual wheelchairs not being able to have the abilities to travel up and down the stairs with ease, there are other factors such as moving on carpeted floors and small spaces that wheelchair users usually hate dealing with.

Keeping that thought in mind and adding the laws of physics when designing its structure, the Easy Push was finally created. It is an advanced mobile device that has a better set of equipped wheels that have gears in them which allows the wheelchair to move faster and in smoother movements even on floors that are difficult to travel on. And the best thing about it is that it requires the same kind of effort you would use in order to move a normal manual wheelchair.

You don’t even need to buy or charge any specific batteries for it nor does it require any motor to do the job effectively. Just a number of sturdy gears already installed in the mobility device are all that’s needed to make the device work to its best potential. 

Ezy-Wheels

Ezy-Wheels is a great invention design made by Flemmer and her Husband Dr. Roy Flemmer. Their wheelchair idea is based on a momentum method of the wheel chair that lets the user keep hands on the push rim and don’t have to make the effort to move the hands back up again.

It only requires a simple use of your arm and reduces strenuous movement of the shoulder and wrists to prevent any serious damage from occurring to them. It has two modes of movement- each of them meant for different kinds of surface. The standard mode is meant for normal travelling when the paths are clear. The run mode is for you need to travel long distance and have to deal with a difficult terrain to travel on.

These are just a few of the many advancements that researchers and engineers have developed over the decades and with every year their advancements keep on getting better.

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