Wheelchairs have been around for decades. But as technology granted the device better features, the term or name “wheelchair” has been rarely used or spoken. Instead, people call it “personal mobility device”.
Today, mobility devices can be created and built, or personalized, in a way that it can serve its user better. Features and other specifications can be added in order to cater the specific needs of the individuals. Differently-abled people have now gained freedom and independence and are able to live active lives with the help of their personal mobility devices.
Technical breakthroughs and advancements in software, sensors, batteries and lower-cost hardware production or manufacturing are said to be the key to the recent surge of innovation in personal mobility. With the improvement in technology, devices like these have become more indispensable especially now that they have become more useful and helpful to the differently-abled community as well as to the elderly people.
What’s even more amazing regarding the developments and improvements is that technology has also tapped on manually operated mobility device. Yes, it’s not only the motorized ones that get a makeover, but the models that are manually pushed as well.
Both models are now designed to be sturdier and lighter. By using materials like titanium, carbon fiber, hybrid plastics and aluminum, mobility chairs have become light and lean yet very durable.
An example of a light and durable nonmotorized mobility device is the one developed and built by TiLite. This rigid or nonfolding mobility chair has an aluminum and titanium frame and weighs about 13 pounds or 5.8 kilograms, while the folding wheelchairs used in airports and hospitals are 35-44 pounds. The TiLite developers use modern 3D software in order to custom-fit their manual wheelchairs to a user’s body.
For the motorized mobility device, a number of companies have ingeniously designed and built these type of wheelchairs into something that can do more compared to the older designs or models, and an example is the Scalevo. The Scalevo is designed and created with the ability to climb stairs safely. With this, users no longer have to find ramps or lifts in order to maneuver up the stairway of a building or a park.
With the many new designs, high tech features and specs, as well as sophisticated developments and improvements, wheelchairs are now in a different level. And for that, they have been given a new name.