Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Whirlwind Wheelchair

The following clip is of the Center for International Rehabilitation's collaboration with the Whirlwind Wheelchair to provide wheelchairs for people in war-torn wheelchairs, such as Afghanistan in this clip. The wheelchair that is being shown is specially designed for the extremely rough terrain and can be built using local materials thereby making them cheap and easy to produce. With some of the design features of this chair, it makes you wonder why some of the design aspects of this chair is not integrated into more conventional wheelchairs that are utilized in more developed nations. While the terrain may not be as rough as in areas of the Middle East and Africa, there are many places where a typical wheelchair cannot negotiate and a chair like the Whirlwind may prove superior.

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