WHILL Wheelchair

WHILL is a Japanese startup that has revolutionised the motorised wheelchair. It’s an omnidirectional wheelchair that has put thought into the usability of the product. It won the Red Dot award in 2014.

The wheelchair is able to handle all kinds of terrain and it able to traverse even on grass and the steep slopes of San Francisco. As you can see the various videos, riding around on this wheelchair is smooth and very responsive. This not just functional but the have added some thought into the experience. Since the wheel is omnidirectional, it makes it easy for the wheelchair to mount a vehicle as long as there’s a slope to the vehicle. I love this feature. It is easy to dismount the wheelchair as the handle on the side can shift out of the way.

The wheelchair is ready for pre-order with a price tag of USD 9,500.

Mobile Platform for Paraglegics

This “wheelchair” I found on gizmodo certainly is lifesaver for paraplegics.

It’s also good to see how robotics technology can take shape in different forms that play such a wonderful role in a person’s live.
It would be good to bring this to Singapore to help children with muscular dystrophy. Most of these children reach a stage where they can’t move their legs and have weak hands. Their caregivers need help and this will be a great platform to assist them and give independence to the children as well.