A U.S. based startup has made big headlines at this year’s CES event, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Whill, a tiny power mobility device maker, has won the Best of Innovation Award in the Accessible Tech category of the big event. This prestigious award is given only to products and services that effectively address and improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility.
According to reports, the startup has kicked off this year’s CES event with a life-changing assistive personal electric vehicle (PEV) call Model Ci. The new lightweight wheelchair provides the confidence to drive anywhere with a stylish look and unprecedented independence. More importantly, the new wheelchair is fast, portable, and very light.
The new electric wheelchair also integrates IoT technology to deliver premium customer care. It uses a lithium-ion battery and has a top speed of five miles per hour. When fully charged, it can travel up to 10 miles. Navigation is quite easy. It’s carried out using a joystick, which is located in the right armrest.
Whill’s Model Ci has been designed for better navigation. The wheelchair's main wheel contains a number of smaller wheels that allow the wheelchair to make sharp turns and even travel over a bumpy surface or unpaved road. The wheelchair can also travel in any direction.
In addition to the specially designed wheels, the new Model Ci wheelchair can also be remotely controlled via a smartphone app. This also means that the wheelchair can be operated while the user lies in bed or can be moved to a storage space after use. Another unique feature of the new wheelchair is its ability to break into three parts for much faster and easier packing. The Whill’s Model Ci wheelchair is currently available for $4,000.
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