healthcare
Panasonic’s Made a Hospital Bed that Turns into a Motorised Wheelchair

From the Hall of Good Ideas (actually the Panasonic Robotics Hub in Japan) comes something that seems like a no-brainer in the best possible way: a hospital bed that automatically transforms into a motorised wheelchair. Read More >>

design
This Clever Wheelchair Redesign Lets Riders Steer By Simply Leaning to the Side

The convenience of never having to recharge a manually-powered wheelchair is often outweighed by the fact that riders must use both arms to steer it. Carrying something like a smartphone at the same time is a big challenge, so a Swiss design student was inspired to design a better wheelchair that allows riders to steer by leaning their bodies. Read More >>

mobility
Former Xbox Designer Endorses New £3m Mobility Innovation Prize

Could artificial intelligence or new robotics technology create the wheelchair of the future? That's the question that has motivated former Xbox designer August de Los Reyes, who is now head of design and research at Pinterest, to get behind a new $4m prize which aims to motivate inventors everywhere to head down to their labs and get building. Read More >>

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Every Kid Can Enjoy a Day at the Waterpark With This Air-Powered Wheelchair

Most electric wheelchairs and mobility devices can easily shrug off a little rain, but on the whole, they really don’t mix well with water. So engineers at the University of Pittsburgh designed a powered wheelchair that runs on compressed air, allowing those with limited mobility to safely enjoy a day at the water park. Every now and then, good things really do happen in this world. Read More >>

transport
The Classic Vespa Scooter Is Finally Going Electric

There’s not much info aside from “we promise it’s coming,” but Vespa has finally revealed it’s making an electric version of its iconic scooter. Read More >>

transport
Are These the Self-Driving Cars of the Future?

The self-driving car is still a little way off hitting the mainstream, but when it does it could change the way we travel around our cities. Design consultancy IDEO certainly thinks so, if these concepts are anything to go by. Read More >>

diy
We Should all be Using Vacant Tram Tracks for Personal Pallet Trains

Trams and light rail trains are great for getting around a city and all, but let's face it, they're just sitting there empty a lot of the time, just begging you trip over them. So why not turn that underused resource into a new form of mobility: a DIY pallet-train for one? Read More >>

health
Tongue-Controlled Wheelchair Makes Good Use of Ill-Advised Piercings

Imagine the speeds Miley Cyrus could reach with this. It's a tongue-control system for a motorised wheelchair, designed to give people with severe brain and spinal injuries more freedom and manoeuvrability. Read More >>

lego
World’s First Lego Electric Wheelchair Can Support a 14-Stone Passenger

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 (14 stone / 90kg) in weight, as long as there aren't any obstacles for it to traverse. Read More >>

robots
This Amazing Device Just Made Wheelchairs Obsolete

The young man in this video looks like he's riding a Segway. But Yusuf Adturkoglu was paralysed after falling from a horse five years ago, and he's being mobilised by an amazing device invented by Turkish scientists. Read More >>

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Apple Could Force Motorola to Destroy Devices

Oh patent wars, is there any mellow you can't harsh? A German court just ruled in Apple's favour on a patent that could, theoretically, force Moto to destroy a bunch of its devices. My crystal ball says that won't happen. Read More >>

transport
I Can’t Wait to Tool Around on These Robo-Skates

I may generally lack a sense of balance, but that doesn't stop me from wanting a pair of these remote-controlled electric heel-skates. Heeleys eat your heart-out. Read More >>

transport
Honda’s Self-Balancing Unicycle: A Segway For Sitters

Comfort and safety are the top features when it comes to buying a new car, so in an attempt to make its U3-X personal mobility device more consumer-friendly, Honda has improved both those aspects in its new Uni-Cub concept. Read More >>