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- There are 131 million wheelchair users worldwide.
- Mass-market wheelchair design has changed little in the past four decades.
- Applying the latest digital technology can help improve mobility, safety and accessibility.
- From digital twinning to smart chairs, here are three designs reinventing the wheelchair.
Today, there are around 131 million wheelchair users around the world. Most are relying on the same decades-old technology to get around. That’s because the wheelchair, for all that it has done to improve the quality of people’s lives, has changed little over the course of the past generation.
The digital technologies shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution also have the potential to make substantial improvements to people’s quality of life. Here are three tech-driven start-ups and entrepreneurs working to bring the power of digital transformation to bear on the wheelchair.
The self-driving wheelchair
An accessory with accessibility in mind
3D printing a smart wheelchair