MIT Mobility Lab's Amos Winter talks about the design and development of the Leveraged Freedom Chair.
Rough terrain in the developing world presents some pretty unique mobility challenges for people in wheelchairs. Amos Winter and a team at Continuum, a design and innovation consultancy, helped MIT’s Mobility Lab envision the next generation of the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC). This design can move disabled people through a variety of off-road situations that they would otherwise never be able to do.
The LFC is made completely out of bike parts, so it can not only be assembled easily in third world countries, but it can be repaired in the same bike shops as regular bicycles.
In addition to this amazing developing world chair, Continuum helped develop the first world version of the LFC, which is a sleek, recreational, off-road wheelchair to be sold in the U.S. and Europe that will subsidize the cost of the developing world chairs.
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