Levers. This new ‘lever’ propelling feature for wheelchairs isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We saw it first in the Wijit, and now it’s becoming a godsend to people in wheelchairs all around the globe.
The Leveraged Freedom Chair, a brand new inexpensively-designed wheelchair made for developing countries, is opening up the world to people with disabilities, enabling them to move independently in their communities and towns (in many cases) for the very first time.
The Leveraged Freedom Chair was designed by Amos Winter, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT. While he himself isn’t a wheelchair-user, he became inspired after doing master’s work in Tanzania (and working with the Whirlwind Wheelchair International organization, which designs all-terrain wheelchairs for developing countries too).
But he saw that people still had a hard time pushing themselves, and who can blame them, uneven roads, crazy hills and God knows what else.
So he decided to create an all-wheelchair that would fix all that, and he looked to lever technology. While previously made all-terrain wheelchairs for developing countries are good, many didn’t take ease of independent-use