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U.A.E. Resident Fuels His Road-Tripping Wheelchair With the Sun

Haidar Taleb, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, embarks on a 200-mile wheelchair road trip this week, and he plans to completely fuel the journey with solar power. Taleb's mission, which will take him through all seven Emirates, is to reportedly "raise awareness of disability and sustainability as well as what we can achieve as individuals if we have the courage and determination to try." T...

Swiss Researchers Develop Mind-Reading, A.I.-Enhanced Wheelchair

Last year, Toyota proudly announced the development of a new mind-controlled wheelchair, which was reportedly capable of interpreting a user's brain waves within a few milliseconds. Now, a group of Swiss scientists have taken the prototype one step further, by adding an extra A.I. touch to a new brain-controlled wheelchair. As Engadget reports, researchers at Switzerland's École polytec...

Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Automatically Follows You Around

Strolling around with your wheelchair-bound loved ones might one day be a whole lot less stressful, thanks to a new robotic wheelchair created in Japan. Designed by researchers at Saitama University's Human-Robot Interaction Center, the wheelchair uses distance sensors and built-in cameras to keep track of a pedestrian's position, allowing the chair to remain on the left-hand side of its targeted...

Rex the Bionic Leg-Bot Helps Paraplegics Walk Again

A pair of battery-powered bionic legs developed in New Zealand could help paraplegics to walk again, and, in turn, send wheelchairs to the junkyard. According to Engadget, the Rex robotic exoskeleton is operated using a simple joystick and control pad, and it can support the weight of a full-grown adult. Each pair of legs is custom-built to suit an individual's unique stature (the guy pictured ab...

Design Concepts: The Modern Wheelchair

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. Last week we fo...

Hi-Tech Wheelchair Gives the Rascal Scooter a Run for Its Money

It's sleek, has four wheels, and looks like something Batman would ride, but this vehicle isn't meant for superheroes. This next-generation wheelchair will make life easier for the elderly and disabled. According to the AFP, the Japanese vehicle, called the Rodem, allows a rider to straddle the seat, steer with a joystick and motorcycle-style handles, and rest their knees and chest on cushions. ...

Toyota Developing a Mind-Controlled Wheelchair

It seems, after decades of ridiculous television and sci-fi predictions, that we're rapidly moving toward becoming a race of 6 million dollar men and bionic women that can manipulate technology simply using mind control. Finally. Recent innovations, including implanted microelectrodes and "learning" neural implants, allow disabled men and women to control prosthetic limbs using brain waves. Toy...

Electric Wheelchair Battery on Plane Combusts

We've seen no shortage of batteries exploding, whether they be in cell phones or laptops. It didn't take long for the FAA to institute bans for certain types (and quantities) of batteries for gadgets, and after an incident on a plane heading for Manchester, England, the U.K. travel administration may want to think about instituting a similar ban. The battery on an electric wheelchair was found...

MIT Developing Wheelchair That Listens When You Speak

Oh MIT, do the wonders that come from your halls ever cease? Yet another remarkable development is emerging from the fabled institution, and this time it's an autonomous wheelchair that can remember important places in a given building (read: the hospital ward, your house, the local arcade, etc.) and then take you there on command. In other words, the voice recognizing chair could understand ph...

A Wheelchair Powered By the Mind

(Note: The above video is a bit slow to load ... ) Michael Callahan and Thomas Coleman want to put the minds of the handicapped to work. The founders of the Champaign, Illinois-based firm Ambient have invented a wheelchair powered by the mind -- and, fortunately, you don't need Uri Geller-grade brain muscles to get the wheels spinning. The Audeo motorized wheelchair works by having the occupant ...