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This wheelchair can help users stand and move around

03 June 2016

The wheelchair is designed with pumps on the wheels to push users into an upright position, helping users gain a little more independence.

Image courtesy of Minneapolis VA Health Care System

By using a hydraulic support system and chain drives, users can change their position from seated to standing. By holding the handles on the side of the chair, users pump the handles several times to lift themselves. The push rims, which are used to turn the wheels by hand on many wheelchairs, rise with the seat so the user can easily reach them in the standing position. There are small back wheels that stabilise the chair as the weight shifts, enabling the user to move around freely. 

The wheelchair has been designed and developed by Minneapolis VA Health Care System in the US. It is not yet commercially available but the designers, Gary Goldish, Andrew Hansen and Eric Nickel, hope to see it on the market soon.

Video courtesy of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

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