Over the past several weeks I’ve been covering wireless technology, I’ve come across a lot of frivolous, ambiguous, along with straight up useless gadgets and devices that I couldn’t imagine anyone in their right mind purchasing. Having said that, the biggest takeaway I would have to say the digital age contains, are the innovative advancements we’ve seen in the science industry—mainly in medicine. People with sensual disabilities are regaining or first experiencing sight, hearing, and sense of touch. New methods are coming out for detecting and mitigating illness.
Taking a big step forward in making life as seamless as possible for individuals confined to wheelchairs, the startup company Scewo is developing its own device that epitomizes everything I praised in the previous paragraph. Not only is their wheelchair capable of self-balancing and contains several different navigational modes (which can be done simply by pushing a button), but the Scewo is the first wheelchair to manually navigate up stairs. Control over what direction the wheelchair moves can be applied using a joystick, or by the user simply shifting their bodyweight. The Scewo aims to provide a dynamic driving experience for the user to surmount or go over physical obstacles and steep inclines (like stairs).
Among the Scewo’s most notable modes are its “track mode”, which enables the wheelchair to conquer obstacles and navigate up or down stairs, and its “elevated mode”, which users can use to maintain easier eye contact with others. The Scewo has rubber tracks at the bottom of the wheelchair, which help enable its users to safely ride up and down stairs or other slopes pathways. The wheelchair uses the wide base of its tracks for optimal stability when ascending or descending stairs (even on spiral staircases), during which the tracks adjust at the according angle of the slanted slope. The rest of the wheelchair forms a flatter 90-degree angle so the user can be seated comfortably, and not fear falling out of their seat while the wheelchair is moving.
While the Scewo is still in its prototype stage, the company is actively developing the wheelchair with hopes of completing their final design
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