Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

The Mobi electric folding wheelchair is a powered mobility device designed to meet the lifestyle requirements of our aging population. Mobi reflects the future of products for an aging population. Stylish and convenient, it offers urban mobility alternative to bulky, generic electric scooters.

For added versatility, the design of the wheelchair features an innovative folding mechanism that allows it to be folded up and stored and transported in a vehicle without any need for disassembly. To encourage user independence and promote the user to be physically active, Mobi electric folding wheelchair is controlled similarly to a traditional manual wheelchair; the user pushes on the hand rims. However, force sensors in the hand rims detect the user’s physical exertion and add additional power to the wheels. This means Mobi makes physical movement easier in a similar fashion to power steering in a car. Unfortunately, this wheelchair is only concept at this moment.

Designer : Jack Martinich (Monash Uni, Caulfield)

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

This electric wheelchair incorporates self-balancing Segway-inspired technology that positions that keeps the user in the centre of gravity while balancing on two wheels. The elimination of the need for castor wheels leads to more compact and manoeuvrable vehicle. Rechargeable lithium ion batteries power the electric servo motors located in the base of each of the hubless wheels, giving Mobi a range of approx. 20km with one charge.

Mobi electric folding wheelchair features other notable design innovations intended to make assisted movement a more pleasurable and confident experience. The wheelchair features bigger, 26” tyres for improved comfort. Integrated handrest/wheel guards protect the users’s clothing from tyres. Wider ergonomic pushrims also allow an easier grip. To improve user confidence and safety automatic kickstands deploy when footrests are shifted upwards while standing out of or sitting into the seat.

Dimensions: 700x700x500mm.
Specified Materials: Aluminium Chassis, Polyurathane, ABS plastic.
Model Materials: MDF wood, acrylic paint.

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

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Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

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Tim Leeding says: March 1, 2012

Very nice project, and a great model. I love to see wheelchairs being pushed more and more towards the inclusive design route!

I hope you do well with the project from here, and it brings you every success.

ella says: April 17, 2012

i was looking on google for cool and stylish wheelchairs and this caught my eye instantly i really hope that one day i will great a wheelchair like that

gill says: June 27, 2012

very nice but can you do it as a one arm drive ???

    swiss says: September 15, 2014

    interesting they didn't even bother answering you

      Lisa says: September 16, 2014

      interesting people don't bother to read the article stating that this wheelchair is only concept.

Moose says: November 28, 2012

how much is this chair?

Janet says: December 17, 2012

Thank you for creating a cutting edge wheelchair!! I would love to test drive it one of these days. Would it be possible to get more info such as cost and when it might be in production in the US?

Shawna says: January 16, 2013

someone please tell me when this will be available !!!!!!

Marion Black says: March 15, 2013

As innovative as this may be, I can’t help think that it would be better if there was a little more back rest to speak of. No use going around in it if you end up with a backache.

Roger Sawyer says: April 1, 2013

I’m actually a little curious how big the batteries are. There doesn’t seem to be much room for them on this electric wheel chair.

oralia says: April 24, 2013

how can I get a hold of this I love it

Roberto Arteaga says: May 13, 2013

How can I get this wheelchair please.

Choi Eun-yung says: June 3, 2013

Is there a way to buy a wheelchair?
If you can how much is it?
How do you ensure proper way to purchase?

Ray Yeager says: July 26, 2013

This is what I have looking for and it would improve my quality of life and mobility. Is it available and at what price?

Tom says: August 3, 2013

Great desin. Respect to author. I think it is only designer's vision and it will be never available for us. It is better to produce some F16 fighters and other armour then help people in need. This is world of great business and money. People are at the other end.

Beau says: September 9, 2013


Tony Sparks says: October 7, 2013

That’s innovative! I’m sure these wheelchairs can help many persons with disabilities. Keep it up!

beau says: October 17, 2013

people in wheelchair across the world have said they want one and whats the cost and no one is answering them, thats not right if its not for sale y put it up as it is teasing those who want it / need it , i myself want one now, and would like to know how much , a response would be nice.

CmMcm says: November 24, 2013

Please respond with a price and time frame. This wouldCHANGE OUR LIVES as a family. Please respond with some info.:-)

R11 says: December 3, 2013

I need one now, it only take you 30 seconds to reply of your time, thanks.

    Tuvie says: December 4, 2013

    It's only concept

      Wendy Borgerd says: October 5, 2014

      Well it's brilliant. Please develop it or sell the idea to a developer. Im a PT. People need this. Maybe a tricycle with a basket too btw :).

Bas Bazzi says: December 8, 2013

looks amazing, I'll buy one when it becomes available..

Julijana Zaooia says: March 10, 2014

Tuvie. Is it not possible to get this chair into production? There would be a strong market for it. I'd place the first order and the other 100 people behind me will form an orderly queue! Julijana

Joyce Kubiak says: March 21, 2014

I don't even need a wheel chair, and I want one.

Hisashi Koizumi says: July 13, 2014


Dennis Lid says: July 17, 2014

When will this wheelchair be produced, what will it cost, and where will it be available for purchase?

Lentz says: September 6, 2014

How can I order one?

Rachael Johnson says: October 1, 2014

Im interested. What’s the price on this?

Lino pena says: October 4, 2014

I’m Lino pena I’m interested mobi
What’s the bottom price?

Babs says: January 18, 2015

would love one of these for my husband and my son. When will they be out?

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