When you think of a wheelchair, you tend to think of a rickety metallic contraption, like those ones you see in the corner of a hospital corridor. Not the most sleek, modern look, is it?
Well, one inventor is looking to revolutionize the personal transportation industry with his clever hands-free vehicle. It combines the principles of a traditional wheelchair and a Segway for a more versatile, more mobile and much more badass-looking mode of transportation for those who need it.
Good readers of the Internet, this is ogo Technology.
Kevin Halsall, a backyard inventor from Otaki, New Zealand, originally built the device with his good friend (a paraplegic) in mind.
With a hands-free steering mechanism that instead uses the strength of the rider’s core muscles to dictate movement, you can see why this creation is generating some attention. It provides an unparalleled range of motion, just like the much-hyped Segway (though, in our opinion it looks way cooler). It not only empowers those who were previously bound by the limitations of their traditional wheelchair or cumbersome motorized vehicle, but also provides some much-needed core activation.
The unit runs on two lithium ion batteries that can propel the chair for 40 km, and can handle hills with up to thirty degrees of incline. The ogo’s top speed is around 20 km/h.
Halsall got such an overwhelming response when he introduced his invention to the world in August, he filmed this follow-up video to answer some of the most popular questions. Colour us impressed.