The Chicago’s Rehabilitation Institute, which has been lately renamed as Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, has designed a new wheelchair that enables its users to toggle between a standing and sitting positions while preserving the capability to steer and move the chair in any way. The completely automatic gadget utilizes chains of the bicycle to migrate power from a tread-like tank push bars to any of the system or the wheels that elevate its consumer.
The lowering/raising device is spontaneous and the squash bars are analogous to function compared to conventional wheelchairs.
The user can stay erect to communicate with others while walking down a level sidewalk and lower as essential to conquer rough surfaces or just to sit down and eat.
A strap of belt is employed to maintain the legs from bending at the time of standing to assist preserve a good upright position, which must aid not just with communicating with others, but to endorse improved circulation of blood, avoid butt sores, and enhance a number of other problems connected to sitting in a conventional wheelchair for long phase of time.
Roughly 1.7 Million Americans employ scooters or wheelchairs for mobility and the large bulk (almost 90%) utilize labor-intensive wheelchairs rather than powered gadgets. Presently, labor-intensive wheelchairs offer the consumer with mobility in a seated posture; on the other hand, there are a lot of convincing factors for permitting the wheelchair users to stand.
The functional benefits of standing include:
- An enlarged and raised workspace
- Permitting simple employment of appliances and kitchen counters as well as access to overhead shelves of grocery store or cabinets
- Being capable of standing might thus augment independence and improve leisure opportunities and employment
It is unclear at this stage when the gadget will be made into an actual product and if there will be manually or only electric-powered variants. But for now, there is a hope that can be seen in the future for the disabled person. The new chair, if launched as an actual product, can prove to be of great use for the people, which can help them overcome a lot of issues.