From wooden to wondrous: The technology of wheelchairs

As medical science improves so many facets of our lives, the humble but vital wheelchair also advances.

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Softwheel shock-absorbing wheelchair Softwheel shock-absorbing wheelchair (Photo: Softwheel)

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Perfecting the wheel

With all the advancements in comfort, agility and technology, those who use wheelchairs are faced with one last, major hurdle: terrain.  One Israeli farmer-turned-innovator has found a solution and, in essence, reinvented the wheel. He designed the shock-absorbing Softwheel to enable him to get out into the fields. While it doesn't solve the problem of stairs and curbs, it does improve the user's experience when off-roading, and it's the next step in wheelchair innovation. 


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