Simplicity goes a long way, especially when it comes to technology. This is exactly what drove the invention of the Pneumatic Wheelchair, also known as the "PneuChair."
The PneuChair has given people with disabilities a new way to enjoy the thrills that a water park has to offer. This waterproof wheelchair owes its radical design to the heartfelt efforts of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories (PERL).
The Pneumatic Wheelchair prototype has been constructed in perfect harmony with the Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio Texas. This will allow people with disabilities to enjoy the water park just like able-bodied individuals.
The air-powered wheelchair makes use of high-pressure air stored in compressed cylinders that are mounted below the seat of the wheelchair. The choice to use air as a powering fuel is perfect for the purpose this wheelchair intends to serve. Unlike electrical energy, air is not fatal when introduced to water. Moreover, the water cylinders keep the Pneumatic Wheelchair relatively lighter as compared to heavy battery-operated wheelchairs. This wheelchair only weighs 80 lbs.
Another advantage of this particular wheelchair is that it allows a user to travel up to 3 miles when fully charged. And it takes only 10 minutes to fully recharge, unlike the 8 hours taken by a battery-operated wheelchair. It's user-friendly attributes make it super easy to operate while its simplistic design demands very low maintenance. Without the need for electronics and software, repair of this wheelchair is a cakewalk, as most of its components can be found at the local hardware store.
The design of the pneumatic wheelchair was so impressive that Sports Outdoor and Recreation (SOAR), a non-profit organization founded by the Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, is eager to sign a long-term licensing agreement with Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) to facilitate the development of the Pneumatic Wheelchair.
This noble collaboration is expected to expand the marketing of this remarkable invention into various outlets like supermarkets, personal care homes, and airports, among others. Offering this innovative product will give people with disabilities new opportunities and adventures.