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    Here's a link to a slick looking prototype
    http://www.yankodesign.com/2007/06/1...design-studio/
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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    I think everybody in reality want one for the things like that. Quad and para, sometimes a power chair would have been much easier, it is nearly impossible to wheel on snow and ice with a manuel and the ones we can get for snow and ice are too big for inside in shops and other places. So why should I go outside when I don't have any place to go since I can't go inside. I don't go out in -15C for no reason.

    And I understand the it would be useful for yard works, it is even difficult to push on grass with both hands.
    damn, it's be hard to get me outside even for a good reason
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss September View Post
    Here's a link to a slick looking prototype
    http://www.yankodesign.com/2007/06/1...design-studio/
    that looks like it's be useful inside my house, changing lightbulbs and such
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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    I think everybody in reality want one for the things like that. Quad and para, sometimes a power chair would have been much easier, it is nearly impossible to wheel on snow and ice with a manuel and the ones we can get for snow and ice are too big for inside in shops and other places. So why should I go outside when I don't have any place to go since I can't go inside. I don't go out in -15C for no reason.

    And I understand the it would be useful for yard works, it is even difficult to push on grass with both hands.
    yep i stayed inside for almost 2 months since i couldnt wheel around due to the snow .
    also there is a problem with stemcells .first of all if they find a cure with stemcells it would only work for people that had a sci not to long ago .
    than there are people like me that have a braindamage .and also other illnesses that cant be repaired with stemcells .

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    But I am not sure if that one will work on snow or take high curbs. It is not so many curb cuts where I am living. In the middle of the city it is, but the last one is my street so the next one doesn't have.

    I can go out in -15C, it is very boring to stay alone inside day after day. It is only to put on enough hot clothes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    A lot, I am sure.

    And even if I am not of the youngest, I would like to have a power chair that is looking nice too, so maybe I would ask for one. One who takes curbes, can be used inside in shops and outside on snow and ice. I can't find one now, they are too big, too ugly and can't be used inside without trouble.
    I think you are looking for this, it just make your ultralight chair into a power chair,so you could go inside in shops and outside on snow with a good tyres for it with no problem.
    You can choose between this two options:
    http://www.adaptado.es/content/view/143/32/

    http://www.adaptado.es/content/view/26/32/
    http://www.frankmobility.com/images/efixaktuell_eng.swf

    http://www.usatechguide.org/itemreview.php?itemid=562
    http://www.frankmobility.com/e-fix.php

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    Why bother , cost to much now.
    oh well

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    Thank you everyone for all your nice input!
    I really appreciate every angle.

    The idea that I have so far is to create a lighter wheelchair with a more youthful appearance. The focus will be on a new elevating function, that can make the chair go all the way down to the ground and raise up as tall as possible, preferably up to eye-level of able-body persons.

    One example on how it could work:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZWMf...aynext_from=PL

    This could also mean that active tilting of the chair is possible. So that the chair is smoothly going steadily over uneven grounds and when turning sharply.

    One question:
    Is there an interest for a hybrid between a manual wheelchair and a powered one. Where special handles would operate this electrical wheelchair like a manual one. Pushing and pulling for going forward/backward and turning by generating energy and being assisted by the regular batteries. This would be a external module for those who can and wants to use it.

    The benefits of this would be a more active life, more mobility over rougher or softer grounds, adjustable help from the batteries, easier work for uphill climbs. Combined with the new elevating system which would increase mobility.

    How many out there use both manual and powered wheelchair?


    Many thanks so far
    Niklas

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