The problem with this new wheelchair design is …

by CynthiaYockey on September 20, 2009

… you have to be very spry and have good trunk strength to use it. Oops.

If you are paralyzed, it would be a nightmare to try to transfer into this wheelchair because you have to get your legs to straddle it. Then there’s the problem of no back support or lateral support, so that a paralyzed person would fall out of it, either immediately or when going around a corner.

I like that they tried, though. They seem like smart people and once they involve the people their product is designed for in order to meet their real needs, they could do great things.

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  • From the looks of it this is not a wheelchair designed for people with paralysis but for people with, say, a broken foot.

    I bet this wheelchair would have been a real hit back when I was in that Naval Hospital back in the later “60s, back when we were having crutch, wheelchair and gurney races all over the hospital, driving the Docs and Administrators mad. Most of us had been either wounded or injured in Viet Nam and the brass just could not understand how otherwise healthy young men were competitive. Nor could they understand why, when they admonished us, would answer something along the line of if you wanted us to be safe, why send us to d’Nam?

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