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The Rio Firefly Handcycle Transforms Any Wheelchair Into A Motorized Wheelchair

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The indignities suffered by being confined to a wheelchair are only compounded by the fact that you’re expected to provide your own locomotive power. The Firefly Electric Handcycle by Rio Mobility is a battery powered wheel that attaches to the front of just about any wheel chair and transforms it into an electric wheelchair. It will get up to 18 km/h (11 mph) for distances of up to 24 km (around 15 mi) between charges. This should be sufficient for regular daily chores that would normally be tedious and exhausting if they had to be done without external assistance. The device is light enough (under 15 kg (33 lb)) that you should be able to just pick it up and throw it in the car. And most importantly, as many mobility devices cost a fortune, the Firefly Electric Handcycle is relatively affordable at $1,950.

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Nimble Cargo Scooter Makes Local Shopping Easier

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The Nimble Cargo Scooter is designed to help you shop by attaching a cargo basket to a foot-powered scooter. It’s made for those of you who live relatively near a grocery store and tend to go shopping on your bicycles, but who’ve realized that carrying a case of 24 beers tends to destabilize the ride quite a bit. By lowering the center of gravity and putting the basket near the floor, you can lug around a much larger quantity of items, while having a bit of fun in the process.

Uses aren’t limited to shopping, of course. Paperboy? You’d be able to stack a lot more papers on this thing than on a bike… Of course a paperboy is unlikely to have the budget to swing an item like this. The asking price is $300, although you do get “top-quality components [that] include industrial non-marking Colson wheels, a 3-D computer aided design aircraft-grade aluminum frame, T6 high tensile strength aluminum front forks and a 3mm thick industrial food grade HD polyethylene plastic cargo box.”

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spnKiX, The Electric Rolling Shoe Things

By David Ponce

Walking, as they say, is very last century. Why exert yourself in any form when you can get technology to do it for you? Taking a step in the right direction (get it?), the spnKiX motorized shoes, from product designer Peter Treadway, let you get around without walking around. You simply put them on (while still wearing your regular shoes) and off you go. A hand-held remote controls your speed, which tops out at 10mph with a range of 2 to 3 miles. It’s not much, really, but maybe enough for a quick trip to the grocery store. Or walking the dog. Charging then takes about 2 hours. They’re made from fiber reinforced Nylon plus Aluminum, and the batteries are lithium ion.

Peter has already made over 30 prototypes of the spnKiX and is ready for prime-time. But he needs your help with the quintessential Kickstarter campaign. He’s trying to raise $25k, with a single pair of the motorized shoes setting you back $375. $950+ gets you a special edition with black wheels. If all goes well, you’d get your shoes by March 2012.

Hit the jump for video and links.

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WHILL Retrofits Any Wheelchair To Turn It Into A Sort Of Segway

By David Ponce

Being confined to a wheelchair is not easy, at least we can’t imagine it is. And while being able to propel yourself with your arms can become second nature after a while, some electric assistance can probably be appreciated over longer distances. Currently in development in Japan, the WHILL is an twin-hub attachment that can go over the wheels of a wheelchair and provide said electric locomotion. The device is then steered a bit like a Segway, with the user tilting his upper body in the direction he wishes to travel.

Each of the hubs contains a separate 24-volt motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. These turn the chair’s wheels, propelling it up to a top speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph). The battery reportedly takes two hours to charge, and offers a range of approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles).

The WHILL project is currently looking for volunteers to test it. There is no word on price or availability.

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