Electronic wheelchairs that climb stairs

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Electronic wheelchairs that climb stairs
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For wheelchair users who routinely struggle manoeuvring around their homes, especially when going upstairs, recent technology has produced electric wheelchairs that can climb stairs, making that daily trip to upper-level rooms more manageable for the physically disabled in the 21st century.


Using an innovative wheel design that transforms into tanklike tracks that travel over sand, gravel and ruts, the Galileo Mobility Wheelchair is not only suitable for climbing stairs, but is adaptable to any environment. The chair can also elevate users to eye-level positions and allows people to enter and exit cars without any vehicular modification.


While not actually a wheelchair itself, Scalamobil attaches to just about any manual wheelchair. A battery-operated portable stair climber, it can climb or descend various types of stairs, from spiral to woodcase. Compact and light, Scalamobil requires no modifications or installations to work anywhere, perfect for carrying 200-plus pounds up 300 steps on one battery charge.


Developed by French scientist Herve le Masne, the Topchair lets users climb over stairs and other osbtacles in the chair's path. A built-in infared system detects the first step and the last one in a set before automatically retracting the climbing mechanism, leaving little to no room for error and ensuring a reliable travel experience.

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