Modern Wheelchair Design by Facundo Elias

Many designers are trying to come up with unique next generation wheelchair concept in order to fall back on conventional materials and technology. The newest wheelchair design concept by Facundo Elias is worth appreciating. In terms of its overall design, the wheelchair features two large wheels for main support, one small wheel behind and a comfortable leg-resting pad. The seat offers real comfort, improving access for caregiver help and as well accommodates various posters that are not provided via existing wheelchair designs. The backrest, seat pan as well as armrest designs are meant to address different postures including stable position for traveling at high speeds as well as prone to standing. The designer’s efforts are directed at grabbing attention to the requirements, which are not passably addressed in traditional wheelchairs.

Designer : Facundo Elias

Modern Wheelchair Design by Facundo Elias

Modern Wheelchair Design by Facundo Elias

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Folding Wheel Design for Wheelchair by Vitamins Design

Carrying wheelchair when traveling by car requires some extra space, but this folding wheel concept offers an easy way to travel with a wheelchair. You can fold away the wheel for easy storage, it will revolutionize the world of foldable wheelchairs, perhaps for the first time, wheelchair wheels can easily fit into a small car, airplane cabin, or trunk. We’ve seen folding wheel concept in a bicycle before, but this design seems like already has the working prototype. When packing a manual wheelchair, you can make as if the wheels have disappeared, you would have to deal with the chair only and place the wheels alongside any way you like.

Designer : Vitamins Design

Folding Wheel Concept by Vitamins Design

Folding Wheel Concept by Vitamins Design

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Wheelcare : Ergonomically Designed Wheelchair by Che-Yu Lu

WheelCare is an ergonomically designed wheelchair not only for the patients but also for the assistants, both of them are considered users of this wheelchair. WheelCare has been designed to prevent work injury to the assistants by redesigned the handle, seat, hanger, rear pedals and front pedals, make them adjustable and easier to use. Tube-shaped structure allows the users to install extensional gears depends on the different needs.

Designer : Che-Yu Lu

Wheelcare by Che-Yu Lu

Wheelcare by Che-Yu Lu

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Flume Bathtub Has Been Designed to Allow Easy Access for Wheelchair-Bound People

Inspired by the principle of seesaw, Flume Bathtub has been designed with tilted mechanism to help wheelchair-bound people easily move their body from the wheelchair into the bathtub. It’s a good design to enable wheelchair-bound people to get into bathtub independently without the need assistance from others.

User can tilt down this tub to a level at which he or she can take hold of the attached handles and transfer him or herself into the tub. There’s a seat built-in at the point of entry. As water fills the tub, it automatically balances out itself because the weight will be distributed evenly. As user drains the water, he or she can slowly tilt the Flume bathtub again to return to the wheelchair. Our only concern is that, user has to have strong hands to lift him or herself from and into the bathtub.

Designers : Kim Jung Su, Yoon Ji Soo and Kim Dong Hwan

Flume Bathtub for Wheelchair-Bound People by Kim Jung Su, Yoon Ji Soo and Kim Dong Hwan

Flume Bathtub for Wheelchair-Bound People by Kim Jung Su, Yoon Ji Soo and Kim Dong Hwan

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Posta : Seat Transfer Assist for Wheelchair-Bound Airline Passenger

POSTA is a device that aids the transfer of a wheelchair passenger into their seat. It integrates the seat cushion from the aircraft seat with the device eliminating any lifting required to board the passenger. Before a flight, POSTA device is positioned next to a modified seat where the seat cushion is able to be transferred onto the device. It is then wheeled off the aircraft and into the boarding gate. Once the passenger is transferred onto the device in the boarding gate, they are then wheeled onto the aircraft and position next to the same seat, a guide rail from the device then folds down onto the modified seat frame of the aircraft seat. The passenger then slides across via rollers underneath the cushion.

Once across, the armrest is folded down, locking the cushion into the seat frame, and the device is detached from the seat. This process is then reversed when it comes time to disembark. The POSTA device also allows for a backwards transfer. This can prove beneficial for seats in the front row where there is sufficient room in front of the seat. It also allows for a transfer into a business or first class seat. However, the seat cushion would have to be modified accordingly.

Designer : Peter Short

Posta Seat Transfer Assist by Peter Short

Posta Seat Transfer Assist by Peter Short

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Whill Type-A Motorized Wheelchair To Make Disabled People Live More Independently

WHILL Type-A Motorized Wheelchair will be launched in the US, early next year, it is created by keeping real hundreds of mobility device users in mind. Apparently, Japan’s big manufacturer has taken a big step to answer their needs. This wheelchair helps disabled people to become more independent, unlike other mobility devices that keeps a user to sit in an inactive posture, this wheelchair allows you to lean in to the product, just like riding a bike. The controller is simple and intuitive, user you can maneuver the wheelchair using a single hand, just like a joystick.

The innovative all-around wheel technology works really well with different type of surfaces while at the same time allows for a small turning radius, thus, making this wheel excellent for both mobility and maneuverability.

From : Whill

Whill Type-A Motorized Wheelchair

Whill Type-A Motorized Wheelchair

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Side by Side Handle for Wheelchair Allows Caregiver to Walk Alongside The Person Seated in The Chair

Have you ever heard a joke where a wife keeps complaining that her husband talks behind her back and pushes her around, well, the husband says “what do you expect? You’re in a wheelchair”. Yeah, that’s why Side by Side concept extension handle is a smart idea. It’s actually a simple extension handle for wheelchair but it allows caregiver to walk alongside the person seated in the chair instead of walking behind. In this way, they both can have eye contacts, face to face conversation, this is really important especially when taking care kids with special needs, they need to communicate with their surroundings and guardians. All this is made possible with an extension handle designed by Tammy Kalinsky, the concept handle design was influenced by children’s bicycle, it also features a horn and flash light so that children can also take part of the walk and have great interactive experience.

Designer : Tammy Kalinsky

Side by Side Handle Extension for Wheelchairs by Tammy Kalinsky

Side by Side Handle Extension for Wheelchairs by Tammy Kalinsky

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Independent Wheelchair Assist (IWA) : Motorized Add-on for Wheelchair by Oscar Fernandez

For wheelchair bound people, it would be great to be able to travel freely to destination outside their home independently. Independent Wheelchair Assist (IWA) is more like a motorized add-on, a temporary power assist device for manual wheelchair users in developed countries. Simply attach IWA from the rear using a small bracket to user’s wheelchair, this bracket slides into the mechanism located at the back of the device. So as the user moves forward, this system lifts the two front castor wheels above the ground then the bracket locks and secures the chair, distributing weight evenly across the four large wheels from IWA and user’s wheelchair. In this way, wheelchair user can easily travel outside his or her house and faster. Simply disconnect IWA when the destination is reached.

Designer : Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

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Velo Modular Handcycle for Wheelchair User Who Wants to Play Sports

Velo Modular Handcycle for wheelchair user has been designed to facilitate individuals who want to get active or simply want to try to do sports activities. Aimed at Disability sports clubs, Velo features modular interface that offers a fresh look on increasing popular sports for wheelchair users. With The Olympics and Paralympics scheduled for summer 2012 in the United Kingdom, there is an expected projection in unique sports players following the games. Every part of Velo is interchangeable when required, meaning damaged parts and new updates aren’t costly. The adjustability allows Velo to be clipped onto most everyday wheelchairs on the market, removing the need for curious wheelchair users to buy specialist equipment.

Designer : Mark Wafforne

Velo Modular Handcycle for Wheelchair User by Mark Wafforne

Velo Modular Handcycle for Wheelchair User by Mark Wafforne

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Parafree Wheelchair by Felix Lange

The Parafree wheelchair is a sporty core-body training machine for paraplegics with the outstanding benefit of comfort in everyday use. Its design language and structure support active users in self-confidence and independence as you already know, sport can be a passion and helps reduce depression. Sport inspires hope and eases disappointments. This concept wheelchair compels the paralyzed user to keep balance permanently.

The unique and minimalist frame structure of this wheelchair is made of low-cost hydroformed industrial steel. It is light-weight as well as aluminum structure models and retains its necessary rigidity by adapting geometries known from bicycles. The flexible PARACORE base-element under an innovative customized seat-shell leads to an unstable sitting experience.

Designer : Felix Lange

Parafree Wheelchair Sporty Core Body Training Machine for Paraplegics by Felix Lange

Parafree Wheelchair Sporty Core Body Training Machine for Paraplegics by Felix Lange

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Comb Multifolding Wheelchair : Fully Adjustable Concept Wheelchair by Rudolf Mihu

The main inspiration of Comb Multifolding Wheelchair came from the limitation of space which will be unavoidable in the future. This concept wheelchair features innovative folding mechanism that enables its user to easily store when not in use or when traveling by car. This industrial designer plans to use ultra light yet very durable materials (such as aluminum, carbon fiber or titanium) to construct this wheelchair. If you take a look at its seat structure, you’ll understand where the “Comb” name came from.

Comb Multifolding Wheelchair design applies ground-breaking approaches which enables its user to fully adjust this wheelchair for ultimate comfort and convenience of sitting. It is possible to adjust almost everything, from front seat height, rear seat height, front caster angle, back rest angle, backrest height to foot rest length.

Designer : Rudolf Mihu

Comb Multifolding Wheelchair by Rudolf Mihu

Comb Multifolding Wheelchair by Rudolf Mihu

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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.

Designer : Jack Martinich (Monash Uni, Caulfield)

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair by Jack Martinich

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Wheel+Chair : A Wheelchair Without Chair For Easy Transportation and Distribution

This Wheel+Chair concept is very innovative, it transforms your own chair into a fully functional wheelchair. By utilizing user’s own chair, the production and transportation cost of this unit will drastically reduce, a wheelchair without a chair. There are still many disabled people who can’t afford a wheelchair, especially in the world’s poorest regions. Even the cheapest wheelchair can be very expensive for them.

Designers : Prof. Ying Fangtian, Sun Xin, Peng Junjie, Luo Zhening, Gu Shirong, Qiu Yiwu, and Wu Tianyu

Wheel+Chair - Wheelchair Without A Chair

Wheel+Chair - Wheelchair Without A Chair

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Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair by Andrew Mitchell

Disabled people can enjoy touring bicycle racing with Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair. This wheelchair design features the same principles of performance and sturdiness which are used in designing touring bicycles. The main objectives when designing this wheelchair were to provide comfort and optimal performance for its user, it has to be more than just an aspirational stylistic experiment. To push the wheelchair along, tracking motion is required and comfort of the user is paramount.

Designer : Andrew Mitchell

Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair by Andrew Mitchell

Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair by Andrew Mitchell

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Sliding Wheelchair : Adjustable Wheelchair With Slidable Seat

Sliding Wheelchair is ideal for people who are under special care and who find it difficult to move from their bed to the wheelchair. This wheelchair design features an adjustable height with a sliding seat that brings convenience to the chore of moving amid the chair and the bed. This design proves to be highly useful for the caregiver as well as the receiver of the care. Designed with universal design principles, the Sliding wheelchair boasts a moving seat. When the back handle is pushed downwards, the seat is lifted in order to meet the bed. Well, the seat slides sideways in order to maximize the comfort with which the move from wheelchair to the bed can be made hassle free.

Designer : Cha Inseon

Sliding Wheelchair

Sliding Wheelchair

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