Self-balancing wheelchair on pedrails smoothly climbs any stairs
BECAUSE doctors like to call super bike riders “organ donors”, news of a new wheelchair seems apt for placing on this biking page.
Alan Lee started B-Free Technology in 2010, after reading a media report about a young paraplegic in Hong Kong who had locked himself in his room for eight years because he could not negotiate five stairs outside.
Lee said those five steps kept a shy, young man housebound because it was not always possible for people to help him down the stairs, and he ended up living like a prisoner in his room.
This fate is the same for many other wheelchairbound people in Hong Kong, which poses many problems and inconveniences for wheelchair bound people. They just cannot get around without help.
Lee said to help them he started creating an affordable wheel chair to climb all the city’s typical barriers.
He successfully tested the first chair with narrow tank tracks in October 2011 and has now patented the B-Free chair.
The B-Free Chair was officially launched late last year and was last week shown at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. Equipped with non-slip pedrails, this foldable pedrail power wheelchair moves smoothly over obstacles and up or down stairs, with the pedrails adjusting to keep the chair moving smooth and level.
“We are now working with a number of agencies and negotiating proposal to market our product as fast as possible.
The ultimate goal is to enable more wheelchair users to break through all obstacles and live in a real barrier-free world,” said Lee in a statement.
Inventor Alan Lee climbs stairs on his wheelchair at a trade show.