August 17, 2006 With Segway releasing its second generation design earlier this week, this Standing WheelChair concept showcased on CoolHunter becomes much closer to reality – indeed, we’d be very surprised if the remarkably fertile mind of Dean Kamen, who is responsible for both the Segway and the iBot hadn’t thought of this along the way given that the iBot morphs both concepts, and can be further extended to the four-wheeled Segway Centaur. Then there’s traces of BRP’s Embrio one-wheeler, Tommy Forsgren’s Hermes concept (still one of the most inspiring and appealing designs we have ever seen) and of course the use of Osmos’ wheel technology always adds a bit of sex appeal to any design. The standing wheelchair allows people to stand upright. For those with full mobility, it looks like fun, for those who are handicapped in their mobility, such a device would be enormously empowering.
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