Just unfold it and ride
THIS week’s weirdest use of wheels goes to the eFoldi, designed by an engineering dad- and- daughter team. As it name implies, the eFoldi folds to transform into a low wheelchair or a wheeled suitcase that fits into the overhead compartment. A pledge of R14 341 will get you one eFoldi with battery and motor a current Kickstarter special, although the makers, Sumi Wang and her father Jianmin Wang, warn the first pledges will be used to set up the first production run, with shipping scheduled for October.
Then the recommended retail price for the above offer will go up to £ 1 599, or almost R32 800.
Sumi is the MD of SunTech UK, the company behind the eFoldi, and said she worked as an engineer in China, Denmark and the UK for some 30 years.
“The folding genius comes from my father, Jianmin Wang, who has been chief engineer for Chinese Acrobat Troupe for over 30 years and has experience finding creative engineering and design solutions to all kinds of problems,” she stated on Kickstarter.
“The eFoldi started like most good ideas — as a solution to a problem: my dad broke his leg … He started sketching up eFoldi when lying in hospital. As soon as he got home, he limped himself into the shed and there cobbled together the first ever eFoldi ‘ prototype’!”
The eFoldi has in the four years since won the prestigious “British Invention Of The Year 2016” at The Gadget Show Live on March 31, 2016, as well as the gold medal at the Invention Competition in Beijing, China in 2015.
British and Chinese designers think the eFoldi is a cool enough idea to win top medals, so who are we to judge its inherent nerdiness?
So uncool its hip: dad- and- daughter engineers Jianmin and Sumi Wang aim for the top speed of 20 km/ h on their eFoldi.