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 surely some are developed by people who had a desperate need for a better wheelchair themselves.
But there are no good chairs for me. Me being somebody with no upperbody stability nor functional arms, hi risk of pressure wounds and what not. 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, I think.
Why I think there are no good wheelchairs for people like me:
- people without hands cannot easily build a better wheelchair.
- the insurance wants the chair to be as cheap as can be.
- minimal is the norm (while I would like optimal be the norm)
- just a chair with wheels, is a very old fashioned idea.
But the main reason I think, is the fact that the kind people who build us these chairs, don't have to live in that chair as I do. And the people who do know what is needed, are not capable of building it. I am mad for trying!
My daily routine is like a survival challenge, with extremely little energy and time left for anything else than care. I can not be your typical workaholic style entrepreneur.
But I am going to do this thing, because nobody else has done it so far. Would you like to sit in an aircraft designed by somebody who is has never flown any aircraft? I can't stand having to live in a wheelchair that is clearly designed by somebody that apparently doesn't need it him/her selves.
THE NEED FOR A SUPERCHAIR
Who can benefit from this SuperChair?
I design this SuperChair because I need it. But it will not be just for me. It will be for everybody who for example has one or more of the following:
- not able to walk or walk well.
- less or no upperbody stability.
- less or no power & control over arms and hands.
- having risk of pressure wounds.
- less body power, or even almost completely paralyzed.
people who sit uncomfortable in the available options.
Think not just people with physically damage, but also simply all the people who are getting physically old. This is a huge group.
Furthermore is the aim of this project to lift the norm of what a wheelchair can be, to a next level, hoping that other wheelchair producers will follow this example.
Optimal instead of Minimal
Because the SuperChair is still in its very early R&D stage, I can not write down all the 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 and down a sidewalk 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, especially in the beginning, 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 pain and money does that safe?
When will the SuperChair be ready for sale?
This depends on:
how fast investors want to reach their goals.
- a team of talented & motivated people.
Please let me know if you want and can join.
More information follows below here.