Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Colin Furze's Hijinks In Snow With 70 MPH Scooter

It has been a couple of years since there has been a post about Colin Furze on this blog (read the first one here), but here he is a new clip of him with his monster scooter playing around in the snow.  Apparently there was reports that he had fitted the scooter with a flamethrower but was told by the authorities that it is illegal to fit one onto a scooter.  Who knew?  Enjoy the clip!

Wheel+Chair Concept Turns Any Chair Into Wheelchair

The Wheel+Chair concept is very innovative in its simplicity as it is, in layman's terms, a retrofit kit that transforms a standard chair into a fully functional manual wheelchair. By utilizing a standard house chair as the base, the production and transportation costs of this unit are drastically reduced when compared to a basic manual wheelchair. There are still many disabled people in the world who cannot afford a wheelchair, especially in the world’s poorest regions where even the cheapest wheelchair can be very prohibitively expensive. More information and images after the jump.

Monday, February 20, 2012

*UPDATE* Latest Top Gear Episode Features Scooter/Wheelchair Challenge

Top Gear is an insanely popular TV show in the UK that mainly focuses on cars.  In their most recent episode, they address the issue of mobility for the disabled.  The three hosts of the show felt that they were capable of building a scooter that was more capable yet cheaper than any existing scooter offered in the UK:  as a result, they each constructed their own creation to resolve this issue.  The result of their works have various degrees of success and also leads to many hilarious moments that will make wheelchair and scooter users laugh.

I suggest you watch it if you have the means to do so.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nike's Sole Makes Prosthetic-Wearing Runners Faster

Running blades are designed to enhance the performance of running amputees to the point where, in many cases, they can outperform their able-bodied counterparts. Looking to further enhance the performance of prosthetic-wearing runners, Nike and Ă–ssur, makers of the Flex-Run prosthetic running blades, worked together to create the Sole. More information after the jump.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Andrew Mitchell's "Ultra-Long Distance" Wheelchair Concept

Andrew Mitchell's concept for an "ultra-long distance" wheelchair is an elegant take on a racing wheelchair. The main objectives when designing this wheelchair were to provide comfort and optimal performance for its user, it has to be more than just an aspirational stylistic experiment. To push the wheelchair along, tracking motion is required and comfort of the user is paramount.  More information and images after the jump.