Most of us can get around just fine on our two feet, but those who are confined to wheelchairs can have a hard time getting around. Those who are paralyzed often need someone to push them, if they do not have the motor function to do it themselves.
Didn’t I read somewhere that too much sitting down is slowly killing us all? Well, apparently this isn’t a problem for a young Iranian designer Mohamad Sadegh Darounkolayi, who’d like to see everyone prance around in these motorized chairs, reminiscent of what we saw in WALL-E.
Ordinary wheelchairs require considerable effort from the person on them in order to move, unless of course someone pushes the wheelchair. However, in Japan (and probably other countries as well), some care facilities don’t have enough staff to accommodate the wheelchair-bound.
Motorized wheelchairs, while very practical, are very expensive as well. Designer Ju Hyun Lee created the NEWS concept to reap the benefits of a motorized wheelchair without the prohibitive costs. The motorized add-on would attach to conventional wheelchairs, fusing man and machine, Power Xtreme!
The system’s modular nature saves money in two ways: first of all, it’s cheaper than a full motorized wheelchair.
Then this would definitely be his ride. First class craftsmanship, as befits a powerful telepath. A powerful alcoholic telepath. Forge and Zero probably helped him make the wheelchair, as it’s made of parts from the past 135 years.
The Steampunk Professor Xavier Wheelchair by Daniel Valdez was made from a Victorian rocker from 1875, a Permobil C300 powered wheelchair, some pistons from a steelworks, an Arduino-based audio kit, and a drinks dispenser.
I’ll apologize in advance to any of our readers who find themselves confined to a wheelchair, or who are physically-challenged in any way. But whoever at Mattel thought that this pint-sized Jake Sully in a wheelchair should be called an “action figure” clearly had their head firmly up their arse.
Gundam fans! Veda (Vader?) is real! And it’s in Japan of course. Fortunately the Veda International Robot Research and Development Centre isn’t out to control or enslave humanity. It’s a joint project by robotics company Tmsuk Co.