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Segway Turned into a Hands-free Wheelchair
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Segway Turned into a Hands-free Wheelchair

To a number of people, Segways are old news. With all those incredibly high tech personal mobility equipment and devices introduced and released in the market, the Segway pales in comparison. But one man has a plan for that ordinary, uninteresting device.

The Segway is a motorized self-balancing transportation vehicle with a pair of wheels and a platform which the user stands on. The platform is fixed or placed above an axle or spindle. An upright post is also an indispensable part of the Segway and it is where the handles are mounted. For individuals who don't stand, the Segway isn't useful.

But Kevin Halshall has a different idea in mind. This New Zealand resident broke down a Segway to take it to a whole new level. He dismantled the device and used its parts to ingeniously build something wonderful and useful. He called his new invention The Ogo.

The Ogo is a hands-free electric wheelchair made up mostly from parts of the Segway. It has an incredibly high speed of about 20 kilometers per hour (about 12.4 mph). The motorized chair consists of broad wheels that can be used for off-road terrain.

It also boasts of its patented moving seat control that enables the user to manipulate the device through the seat using their core muscles. Currently, this personal mobility device exists as a fiberglass prototype.

The project was birthed from Kevin’s desire to help his friend, Marcus Thompson, who has paraplegia. He wanted to build or create something that will help Marcus achieve a more efficient level of mobility for his lifestyle. And that’s when he used the parts of a $14,000NZ Segway.

As of today, Kevin is looking for generous and willing investors to take his crafty invention to the next level. He is hoping that soon, production will commence. And he is really looking forward for Ogo to be officially introduced and released in the market.

With what this witty and creative man did, probably people will look at Segway in a whole new positive way. After all, turning Segway into a hands-free wheelchair is way beyond incredible.


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