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


59 thoughts on “Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

      • 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 :).

      • i'm 68, been in a 'chair for 30+ years now. (victim of a random stabbing). may i PLEASE be first in line when it gets beyond just being a concept? such a beautiful dream you have here… the potential market for something like this is mind-boggling ! if i had millions, id be honored to invest. as it is, however, i can only offer to volunteer
        to test drive and promote…

  10. 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

  11. Looks great, is there a dealer near Dodgeville, WISCONSIN 53533 where I can test drive one of these? If not, how about Madison, WISCONSIN, or Dubuque, IOWA? Look forward to hearing back from you, Kelly

  12. I am a Veteran of the US Army& AirForce and I presently battling with MS which means mobility issues abound. This is an awesome piece of innovative hardware Jack, and like everyone else I’m definitely interested in purchasing your product. Please let me know how can we gain access to this chair.

  13. I written you many times with not any response. Look, i reallt like this MOBI ORANGE WHEELCHAIR, Id like it all black, whatever! Id luje ti dinate me this chair so i can win a wheelchair race with, sale me one ill come to u i just need a fair price so respins asap thanks MICHAEL CHATREAU

  14. Hi
    Any chance that this "concept" will one day be built and sold?
    It looks a bit like a segway hack… I love the see-through wheels!

  15. Congratulatiosns from madrid,

    Could send me a paper catalogue of this electric chair?
    My address:
    Abelardo García Linares
    Tomillo, 5, 3, C
    28109 Alcobendas
    MADRID
    SPAIN
    Thanks a lot.
    Abelardo

  16. I’m so glad to see this thank you for doing things like that thank you. You see I the most loving grandchildren they are three of them woooooo. The oldest is13 and the twins are 10 you see one of the twins has Spinelbiffle and we treat him like the others but he would give almost anything to do the things his brother could do. If he had one of your wheels that’s what I call his chair so could please send me a catalog and prices please at po box 532 Blue Springs , Strawberry Plains,Tenn. 37871. Thank You and may the Lord Bless y’all

  17. Hi, awesome invention, I had an idea, that, maybe the wheelchair could fold up to half of the thickness with a few adjustments, I.e. the seat folds into the inside of the wheel and so would the foot rest. Additionally the back rest could become the carry handle. Good luck with your fantastic work.

  18. How much? I love it and i need one ,i dont have a lot of money but i ll do my best for get one, so lovely I’m Mexican I’d live in Chihuahua

  19. O this would help me with a very kind elderly lady that only has 1leg. And I have lupus and can’t put her wheelchair in and out of my car. If it is affordable she could actually leave her house that could be so wonderful :-). Price please?

  20. Such an awesome wheelchair design! I love it! I will be needing a wheelchair in a few years or sooner. I hope you will have it in production soon. You’re pretty awesome Jack, keep up the good work !

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