This Brilliant New Wheelchair Design Makes Avoiding Staircases A Thing Of The Past
In early 2013, seven mechanical engineering students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland wanted to create a robot that climbed stairs. This was to be their focus project for their studies. Eventually, the idea morphed into a wheelchair. The group began work in summer 2014. The goal was to make an easy-to-use, lightweight and reliable wheelchair that could climb stairs. In just 10 months, the group created a wheelchair that is electrically powered and has the ability to balance on two wheels while on solid ground, much like a Segway. When climbing the stairs, though, a set of tracks are lowered dynamically so that the user still stays level at all times.