9479718953_de6831942b_mAs a former swimmer, this device makes me really excited. It is the Seatrac, an amazing one-of-a-kind of device that helps people with leg mobility disabilities enter the ocean without assistance. I’ve seen lifts on docks helping people with disabilities get into the water before, but I’ve never seen anything like this.

This device was invented by Ignatios Fotiou, a postgraduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at the University of Patras. He got the idea after meeting a paraplegic by the name of Gerasimos Fessian who desperately wanted to find a way to get into the water by himself. The two put their minds together and created what is essentially a seat on a track, that begins on land and glides the chair into the sea.

Sounds like a pretty awesome idea, right? The wheelchair-user transfers out of his or her wheelchair while on land and gets into the Seatrac. The seat then travels along a 20 m track into the water. Also since this device is powered by solar panels, it can operate 30 times a day on solar power alone. You gotta love the sun to be had in Greece in order for 30 uses a day to be a possibility. And it’s as if