Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wheelchair Revolution for Developing Countries

"According to the Wheelchair Foundation, it is estimated that the number of people who need wheelchairs will increase by 22 percent over the next 10 years, with the greatest need existing in developing countries. And USAID estimates that 20 million people in the developing world need a wheelchair,"  writes  Design to Improve Life.

Standard wheelchairs are not designed for underdeveloped regions without paved roads and sidewalks.   The other challenge for a MIT team, that eventually developed the Leveraged Freedom Chair, was to create a design using inexpensive easily replaceable parts from bicycle parts.

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