Even though there are many different kinds of wheelchairs on the market, there is one model that is still missing: A wheelchair that enables its user to move in all positions, from standing to recumbent, and easily master day-to-day challenges.
Our association’s vision is to develop such a wheelchair suited to everyday life and offer it at an affordable price to people with physical disabilities all around the world. We’ve already come up with promising ideas, designed different models and successfully tested their functionality with simple means. Now, we would like to share our ideas with you and develop them collaboratively.Join us
"Rollchair" is crowd innovation! Patent specifications, inventions, design principles, construction plans, idea sketches and artwork are available to you worldwide free of charge and free of licenses for use in subsequent collaborative development. What we want to achieve is crowd innovation! We believe that inventing also has something to do with discovery. We are looking for you! Inventors, tinkerers, designers, developers. Join us! If we combine our inventive spirit worldwide, we can really make a difference!
You will get the boilerplate from us. You can use existing blueprints, construction principles, idea sketches, artwork as a starting point and we will be extremely pleased if you share your further developments with the "Rollchair" community, so that everyone can profit again!
Build with us on a simple but smart model: simple, functional, cost-effective and well thought-out. Give this everyday vehicle a name like... Rollsimply
Develop existing blueprints further. Make your design "fly" and give your model the appropriate name during rollout, such as... Rollchair Joy
The main thing is practical and useful! Design an agile, maneuverable and lightweight skeleton to put on and let it roll. Of course you have a fitting name ready for such a robot-like model like... Exoroll
Sebastian Tobler is a lecturer in vehicle construction at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. He knows design studies and construction plans - and knows what he's talking about: As a quadriplegic, the engineer has been wheelchair-bound himself since a mountain bike accident in 2013. "The project is interesting; it offers technical innovations," says Tobler, who is scrutinizing the wheelchair with his students. As examples, he cites the cornering lean angle or the fact that leaning travel is possible in a horizontal seating position. "And the many different positions." (Jss)Newspaper article (DE)