NEXT LEVEL ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS
For me, an electric wheelchair is so much more than a just chair with wheels. It is like a part of my body, gives me the freedom to get out of my hospital bed. The better my wheelchair body is, the beter I can manage in the "outside world" (the world outside my hospital bed).
The current types of wheelchair don't offer what I need, and don't contain what is possible nowadays. It is the year 2019, time to stop using lead acid batteries -for example. I say: Technology has advanced far enough to make a giant leap forwards in electric wheelchair land! And because no company has delivered, I will make it happen. That is my goal here. 23 years of need is long enough, and I have that many years of user experience. Plus: I am a maker.
First some history
Hundreds of years ago, somebody got the original idea to place some wheels under a chair, so that a person that can not walk well, can go sit on that wheel-chair and be pushed around, or if the strength in the arms allows, spin the wheels by hand.
The electric-powered wheelchair was invented in the 1930's, making it possible to drive around without somebody having to push you.
Nowadays, wheelchairs are more fancy, but are basically the same as they have always been: a chair with wheels.
Some parts of the wheelchair spectrum have developed far, namely manual self-propelled and electric wheelchairs for people who kan sit up straight and have fully functional arms. I think these chairs have become so good because some are developed by people who had a desperate need for a better wheelchair themselves.
But there are no good chairs for me. I had 4 wheelchair so far, and they all sucked. Guess what these chairs have in common: they are designed by people who don't have to use them. That is the main reason
And there is a logic to that. Unlike people with functional arms, upper body stability, and quite some energy, people like me: without arms, no upper body stability, and very little energy, are not able to build a better chair themselves.
Would you like to jump with a paracute designed by somebody who has never used one? Would you like sit in an aircraft designed by a make-up artist? Would you like to live in a wheelchair designed by somebody that does not have to live in one?
THE NEED FOR A SUPERCHAIR
True; I am not the average wheelchair user, but I don't stand (..) alone, because; who is average? Will this SuperChair be only for Giesbert then? No, this SuperChair will elevate the norm of what a wheelchair is supposed to be to the next level. Many people can benefit from this SuperChair and from a higher norm. And not just people with a severe physical damage like me, also people who suffer from aging.
Because the SuperChair is still in its very early R&D stage, I can not write down all kinds of details. But here are the SuperChair goals, relative to the current norn:
- increased safety driving outside
- increased safety in a bus
- increased safety in the dark
- less chance on pressure wounds
- more stability
- driving up a sidewalk will be easier
- driving faster and further
- practical in all weather conditions: hot, cold, wet, wind.
- this chair will
increase the health of your muscles
- this chair will
be a time safer
- internet and USB power onboard, of course.
- and it will have an option to fly -no joke!
How much will the SuperChair cost?
It will be a very expensive chair, because it is super and because it will at first not be mass produced. But also ask this question: can this SuperChair safe costs? IF it can prevent a pressure wound or a wheelchair accident, or if it gives more independence, how much does that safe?
When will it be here?
This depends on:
investors with deep pockets, who want to reach their goals (a good product and profit) fast.
- a team of talented/motivated people.
Please let me know if you want and can join.
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