Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has developed wheelchair that allows user to stand and operate

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, recently renamed to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, has developed a new wheelchair that allows its users to switch between a sitting and standing positions while retaining the ability to move and steer the chair in any direction. The fully mechanical device uses bicycle chains to transfer power from a tank tread-like push bars to either the wheels or the system that lifts its user.

The fully mechanical device uses bicycle chains to transfer power from a tank tread-like push bars to either the wheels or the system that lifts its user.

The raising/lowering mechanism is intuitive and the tread bars are similar to operate compared to traditional wheelchairs. The user can remain upright to converse with others while walking down a flat sidewalk and lower as necessary to overcome uneven surfaces or simply to sit down to eat.

 

A belt strap is used to keep the legs from bending while standing to help maintain a proper upright posture, which should help not just with interacting with others, but to promote better blood circulation, prevent butt sores, and improve a number of other issues related to sitting in a traditional wheelchair for long periods of time.

It’s not clear at this point when the device will be made into a real product and if there will be electric or only manually powered versions.

 

One thought on “Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has developed wheelchair that allows user to stand and operate

  1. Juan says:

    Please send me more information. Is this product distributed in the USA? What is the cost?
    Please replay….

    Thank you!

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