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 >>

CES 2018’s Hottest Tech Trend Might Be Gadgets for Old People

Before the show floor opens to throngs of tech enthusiasts, and before big companies like Sony, Samsung, and LG reveal their latest and greatest to the world, we get a sneak peek at the trends shaping CES 2018 at an event called CES: Unveiled. And millennials be damned, because this year, the best gadgets could be the ones designed for seniors. Read More >>

Hand-Powered Wheelchair That Can Scoot Around Upright Is Brilliant

Before the Segway, inventor Dean Kamen created a standing, self-balancing wheelchair called the iBot that gave users more independence and freedom. It also cost $25,000, and is no longer available. But a new all-mechanical alternative might provide the same improvements in quality of life for users, at a much cheaper price point. Read More >>

After 84 Years, Lego’s Made its First Wheelchair Figurine

Lego has finally yielded to public pressure to add a little more variety to its physical forms, showing, for the first time, an adult male minifig in a wheelchair. Read More >>

This Sleek Carbon Fibre Wheelchair is What Professor X Would Use

Design options for wheelchairs seem stuck on a spectrum from boring to next-level boring. That's what UK-based entrepreneur Andrew Slorance wants to change with his stylish Carbon Black chairs. Read More >>

You Can Now Buy the Wheelchair Professor X Would Use

The Whill started life as an innovative device designed to give manual wheelchairs an electric motor so they were self-propelled. But since its inception, the Whill has evolved into a full-fledged personal mobility device with a unique control mechanism and even smartphone connectivity. Read More >>

This Farmer Reinvented the Wheel to Build a Better Wheelchair

It's one of the most stale idioms in the book: don't reinvent the wheel. But that didn't stop Gilad Wolf, the Israeli inventor who found that comfortably getting around in a conventional wheelchair was nearly impossible. Instead, Wolf set out to reinvent his wheelchair wheels. Read More >>

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This Genius Wheelchair Turns Your Tongue into a Joystick

Getting around in a wheelchair is difficult enough, even when one still has use of their upper extremities. Quadriplegics face an exponentially more difficult challenge: controlling the wheelchair by sucking or blowing air through a straw. But this new powered wheelchair from the Georgia Institute of Technology will respond to a flick of the user's tongue. Read More >>

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 >>

This Professor X-Approved Futuristic Wheelchair Is Arriving Next Year

The original WHILL was a clamp on device designed to power manual wheelchairs lacking an electric motor. Unfortunately, it turns out it will never see the light of day, but the design and technology behind that original concept have been repurposed for the futuristic Whill Type-A electric wheelchair that's actually now up for pre-order with an expected delivery of early next year. Read More >>

Wheelchair Morphs Into Bed, Claims Title of Ultimate Work-From-Home Accessory

Transferring patients with limited mobility from a wheelchair to a bed could soon be an easier feat if Panasonic perfects this electric care bed it's been developing. It transforms from a wheelchair to a hospital bed so that patients don't ever have to actually be moved from one to the other. It's also an amazing accessory for telecommuters, and finally puts mankind on the road to the future predicted in Pixar's Wall-E. Read More >>

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Underwater Wheelchair Rides Should Be a Real Thing

Would it ever really make sense to build wheelchairs that can cruise around underwater? Maybe not. But when it's an art project, watching a wheelchair power around in the sea is surreal and oddly mesmerising. There's really nothing else to do but sit back and enjoy the visuals for what they are—beautiful. [Freewheeling] Read More >>