Death, taxes, and technological advancement– are three things that are inevitable in life. While the first two may not put a smile on your face, technology certainly does. Driven by empathy and compassion, companies are incorporating the latest design innovations in ergonomic wheelchairs.
These ingenious designs are revolutionizing the industry and making life much easier for people with mobility issues. In this blog, we look at some of these trends and their positive impact on users. The true definition of nothing is impossible.
Latest Innovations in Ergonomic Wheelchairs
Here are some of the latest innovations in ergonomic wheelchairs. You’ll find these features in most of the top-tier mobility wheelchairs today.
Heavy metal aside, this is the era of featherweight wheelchairs. Manufacturers now use materials such as titanium and aluminum, revolutionizing wheelchair designs. The overall weight is significantly reduced while still maintaining its durability and strength.
The Karman Ergo Lite S-2501 Ultralight Wheelchair, thanks to its aircraft-grade aluminum construction, weighs only 18 lbs.
Portable and Folding Design
Isn’t it wonderful that you can now be an origami expert with your wheelchair? Fold it and go. Foldable wheelchairs allow for increased accessibility, especially on the go, and easy transportation and storage.
You should be able to fold the Karman S-305 Ultra Lightweight Folding Wheelchair in seconds.
Better Wheel Configuration
Your wheelchair’s wheel is no longer a circle on a frame but rather a wheel of fortune. The rear wheels are larger than their front counterparts and feature push rims. These give users a stronger grip for self-propulsion.
The front wheels have also undergone configurations for improved stability and maneuverability in different terrains.
The Karman S-305 Folding Wheelchair is an excellent example of a wheelchair with this design.
Sure, most wheelchairs in today’s market are very comfortable. But we are talking about the next level of comfort! The seats are designed ergonomically to increase comfort and reduce the risk of sores.
The seats are well cushioned and feature backrests along with footrests and armrests. These help promote better support and proper posture to the user.
With wheelchairs moving through off-roads and rough terrains and even the beach, wheelchairs now feature improved suspension systems. The design helps absorb vibrations and shocks when navigating uneven surfaces to improve comfort and stability.
Personalization and Customization
There is something for everyone. Be a wheelchair fashionista and get a little creative with your mobility device. Today, users can choose from different upholstery materials, add-on accessories, and colors to make their wheelchairs even more unique.
This technology is a game-changer for manual wheelchairs. It integrates power-assist wheels, electric motors, and add-on devices to help propel the wheelchair. Users no longer have to use much physical effort to extend their mobility range.
Improved Brake System
Safety is always a concern with mobility devices, wheelchairs included. Wheelchairs are fitted with anti-roll systems, parking brakes, and improved levers or handbrakes to reduce the risk of accidents and unintended movements.
These enhance user safety and control when stationary and even during movements.
These innovations have massively improved the comfort, accessibility, and functionality of ergonomic wheelchairs. What seemed like basic wheelchairs are now tools that empower people with mobility issues and improve their lives.
Future Trends in Ergonomic Wheelchair Design
If you think the current trends are impressive, wait till you see what the future holds. Here are some future trends in ergonomic wheelchair designs.
Our list opens up with a personal favorite, admittedly because of how practical it is. The illuminated wheelchair design comes with built-in lighting features improving its visibility. Safety is a significant concern for wheelchairs, especially at night.
It’s difficult for motorists to see wheelchairs which usually results in accidents. Similarly, wheelchair users struggle to see at night when maneuvering the streets and sidewalks. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The wheels of these wheelchairs have LED lights that illuminate and alert other people of the user’s presence. It also adds a touch of uniqueness and style to the mobility device.
3D Printed Wheelchair
Away from illumination and to 3D printing, a different kind of creativity but equally practical. How often do customers return products because they are of the wrong size? 3D-printed wheelchairs aim to combat this.
This wheelchair is designed using semi-transparent resin, thermoplastic polyurethane, and titanium. Using advanced 3D scanning techniques, manufacturers can obtain a user’s precise body measurements. This ensures that the wheelchair fits perfectly.
The construction materials are lightweight and durable and help design something aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.
The wheelchair design is still undergoing improvements.
The tandem wheelchair, as it is popularly known, is a brilliant wheelchair design that allows two people to share the same wheelchair. Yes, you read that right; two people sharing the same wheelchair.
The design is particularly helpful for caregivers, friends, or family members who need to maneuver with their loved ones. The design fosters inclusivity, enhances companionship, and promotes social interaction.
There’s the two-seat wheelchair, and then there is the two-way wheelchair. This ingenious design has got your back and front too. It has a reversible seating system that allows users to face in either direction.
You can swivel and face forward or spin like a regular hero and keep an eye on who’s behind. The chair is handy for those with upper and lower body impairment. It is designed using lightweight carbon that is easily collapsible for storage.
BMX Sport Wheelchair
Just because your mobility is limited doesn’t mean you can’t partake in extreme sports activities. The BMX sports wheelchair is inspired by BMX bicycles and is for those who dare to be different.
The wheelchair features reinforced components, sturdy frames, and rugged off-road tires, making them eligible for the crossroad-like sport. Athletes can even perform complex stunts using wheelchairs.
Different from the standard wheelchair, this one has its handlebars placed close together and features multi-link suspensions. The modifications are to help disabled athletes perform their best.
The rowing wheelchair has rowing oars in place of the conventional hand rims on the wheels. It is designed to help minimize and correct arm and joint pain. The wheelchair’s concept is similar to the traditional one, aside from its steering.
This can be an excellent way to work out and stay active while enjoying the outdoors.
You know the future is here when wheelchairs are designed to adapt to different environments like a ninja. The wheelchairs, typically designed using plastic, can transform and adjust their widths and heights as needed.
The design allows users to navigate quickly through crowded areas or tight spaces while maintaining comfort and stability.
Brain Activity-Based Wheelchair
This looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. The ground-breaking concept leverages brain-computer technology. It enables users to control the movements of their wheelchairs using their brain signals.
There is no need for traditional physical control. The brain-sensing technique interprets the user’s motives and intentions and enables them to navigate the wheelchair using their thoughts alone. Very advanced even for modern times, don’t you think?
The latest designs and future trends in ergonomic wheelchairs are nothing short of an eye-opener. But it’s even more exciting what the future holds. If anything, these innovations reveal what human ingenuity is capable of.
As we wait hesitantly for future ground-breaking innovations, you can check out our ergonomic wheelchairs collection. These have lots of exciting features too. And feel free to contact us with any queries or concerns. We are always happy to help!