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Nairobi Innovation Week Gives Life to Locally Made Wheelchair
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Nairobi Innovation Week Gives Life to Locally Made Wheelchair

A lot of companies and organizations across the globe put their effort, time, and money in creating or manufacturing new and better wheelchairs. There is much to be excited about whenever a new mobility device is introduced to the public or released in the market. Like what just recently happen in Kenya.

Early this August, the Nairobi Innovation Week was held. During the weeklong event, an ultramodern wheelchair was unveiled which ignited the interests of many, especially the physically challenged population. The highly innovated wheelchair exhibited in the event presented Kenya’s acceptance and acknowledgment of innovation as a one of the key tools to entrepreneurship and development.

The mobility device, called as the Electronic Convertible wheelchair or E-con wheelchair, was created with the purpose of helping its users live an independent and active life.

The ultramodern wheelchair is ingeniously designed and created by Peter Mbiria, one of the students studying at Nairobi’s university of technology, the Technical University of Kenya or TU-K. The Kenyan student proudly presented and introduced his innovation during the event.

According to Peter, the E-con wheelchair is not just an ordinary mobility device. With careful consideration, planning, designing and strategizing, he built the device with the needs of its user in mind. He wanted his innovation to be something that will live up to its user's expectations for activity and independence.

The E-con wheelchair is said to be a device that will enable wheelchair users to be very mobile and independent. That’s because of its auto-balancing feature that removes the need for the user to make seat adjustments while moving and navigating on rugged or rough terrains and climbing or going up the stairs. Another great feature of the wheelchair is that it gives great comfort to the individual.

Peter mentioned in the exhibit that there are still a lot of possibilities and great features for the E-con. It may take some time for it to officially roll out, but when that time comes, people will be more than amazed of what it can do. As of the moment, E-con prototype will cost about SH400, 000 or more than $3,800.


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