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An Israeli Company Made A Better Wheel That Lets You Ride Down Stairs In A Wheelchair

Health & Wellness  (tags: Israeli wheelchair for disabled, goes down steps easily, comfortable )

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An Israeli company has interpreted the phrase "reinvent the wheel" quite literally. Tel Aviv-based Softwheel has figured out a way to improve the wheel, making it possible for wheelchairs and bicycles to smoothly ride over bumps and even stairs, Reuters

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Beth S (330)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 10:28 am
An Israeli company has interpreted the phrase "reinvent the wheel" quite literally. Tel Aviv-based Softwheel has figured out a way to improve the wheel, making it possible for wheelchairs and bicycles to smoothly ride over bumps and even stairs, Reuters reports.

The company's "Selective Suspension Technology" is activated when a wheel encounters an impact above a certain threshold. The wheel's hub moves from its central location, creating a cushion effect that absorbs and lessens the impact to the rider.

Here's the wheel in action (see original story)

Nadine Selvage (77)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 10:53 am
Amazing if it can work and be used down will give alot of people alot of freedom.xx

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 2:57 pm
Simply genius! Very impressive--thx Beth

Stan B (123)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 5:32 pm
Another week and yet another Israeli contribution yo mankind. It's ironic that Israel helps people with disabilities while its Muslim neighbors actually increase their numbers.
Thanks Beth.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:03 pm

I can imagine that this would open up a whole world to people paralyzed in wheelchairs!

How many people in wheelchairs have not be able to get in and out of buildings, to say nothing of dealing with the steps that are inside?

Not only does this make the lives of people confined to a wheeler accessible to more places and environments, but it kind of sounds like fun.

I give these inventors tremendous credit. There's so much thinking outside the box and intelligence to make these precious dreams come true.


Caroline S (78)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:25 pm
Absolument génial!!! :-)))

Shil O (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 12:45 am
Israel advances civilisation but Islam invented the time machine

Barry AWAY T (930)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:53 am
noted. awesome.

Gillian M (218)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:22 am
Having been in a wheelchair when forced to (many places insist that disabled people are only allowed move in a wheelchair and then have no-one to push you etc etc) I have always found it uncomfortable and have always felt on show.

This wheelchair looks more comfortable and it will be a blessing to those forced to use them all the time to be able to use stairs rather than be pushed all around. The only other wheelchair that I saw that "coped" with stairs needed the user to be incredibly strong and to have to lock the chair to each stair.

Well done Israel and all of those who believe in BDS, stick to your version!

Shil, the Muslim invented time machine only goes backwards in time so a bit useless really!

Rhonda B (106)
Friday May 2, 2014, 12:00 pm

Winn A (179)
Friday May 2, 2014, 12:11 pm
This is great news!

Christopher Fowler (82)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:24 pm
So exactly how would this be better than say a full tracked version of a wheelchair? It may be great for getting DOWN the stairs, but how about getting UP them as well?

Half a plan may be better than no plan at all, but not in this case. I doubt that there are any places where the stairs ONLY go down to and from the place.

Judith Hand (55)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:38 pm
Noted, tweeted, tumblr'd. Wow! Years ago I worked with folks whose traumatic brain injuries and/or spinal cord injuries caused them to use a wheelchair. I've not kept up on it all. But this chair is amazing! I'm going to do something I've not done in awhile. I'm going to find out what's going on with that program and give them a heads up if they don't already know of it. I'm having all kinds of thoughts about business, which is not my favourite area. I wonder how it could be used in America and what the cost differential would be.........oh boy, y'all. This could be a VERY special day for folks who use wheelchairs! (No, I'm not referring to what I just said about reestablishing contacts, I mean that this chair is just so special and so needed that I hope it can take off. Once word gets around - and perhaps it already has, in my ignorance - wow.....Now, can The Affordable Care Act do anything with this? P.S. No, I'm not on caffeine. Once in a blue moon, my brain kicks in - lucky you to witness it :-)

Sheila D (194)
Friday May 2, 2014, 2:04 pm
Looks good...only problem I can see is the cost. Doubt it'll be affordable to most wheelchair users.

. (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 3:02 pm
I have read about this amazing chair before-thanks Beth.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 3:03 pm
Good news.

Julie W (32)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:30 pm
Israel does it yet again! Another article today explains why they are so technologically. advanced.

Debra G (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:09 pm
Another wonderful invention to make life easier. Good work, Israel.

Kathleen R (138)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:25 pm

Stevie A (10)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:02 pm
Fantastic! Thank-you, Beth.

Hilary S (65)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:31 pm
but how to get back up the stairs? i know, i'm just being picky.

Athena F (131)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:51 am
Neat, thanks!

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 10:44 pm
Thank you.

Patricia Gal (103)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 11:14 am
if it works and helps the disabled....I'm pleased to congratulate those minds who improved its uses.
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