Zurich Students Create a Wheelchair That Can Climb Stairs
If you or someone you know operates a wheelchair, you might understand just how difficult it is to find wheelchair-accessible areas. But thanks to Scalevo, an invention by a group of students at Switzerland's ETH Zurich, those problems may become a thing of the past. Boasting a hydraulic mechanism and treads, this wheelchair prototype makes even stair-climbing possible.
Their wheelchair is not yet available to the public, but the team, comprised of eight engineering students and two designers, plans on launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to improve their creation and make it available to everyone. Currently, the 223-pound and 65 cm-wide wheelchair can only accommodate stairs with a slope from 17 to 34 degrees. But since the design is still in its developmental stage, the team hopes to further increase its efficiency, mobility, and ease of use.