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The HexHog Is The Ultimate Offroad Wheelchair


If you’re going to venture off road, with a typical ATV, you’re usually going to need your limbs in full functional order to toggle clutches and foot brake levers. But those of us with limited mobility would still like to explore the great outdoors, so the HexHog was created to accommodate them. It’s a six-wheeled, battery-powered all terrain vehicle that is as adapted to disabled use, as it is badass. With a range of 12mi. and a top speed of 8.5mph, the HexHog isn’t going to win any races, but that’s not its point.

– A patented flexing chassis providing stability superior to an ATV without needing to actively lean or ride. The chassis mechanism will ensure all six wheels maintain contact when traversing rough terrain, rocks and steep steps while minimising seat movement for a comfortable ride in the most extreme environments.

– Lithium-ion battery power plant, meaning no vibration, fumes or noise from engines with a long range, in addition to providing a fast charge of less than 2 hours.

– A seat transfer system, which advances and lowers the driving seat to a position for independent transfer from a wheelchair.

– All-wheel drive providing maximum off-road traction. The sealed 6×6 transmission and raised drive motors in conjunction with the flexing chassis will allow the HexHog to tread water, travel through mud bogs, and cross snow or sand without harm or reduction in performance.

– Electronic drive architecture, giving maximum independence to wheelchair users with varying abilities. The HexHog employs the latest control architecture, with a programmable joystick allowing safe operation on steep slopes and rough terrain. Bespoke adjustments can be made to suit all driving styles and safe operation with reduced dexterity or upper limb movement.

We don’t know how much it costs and we can just imagine it’s not cheap, but the point is that such technology does exist and can bring joy in someone otherwise already challenging life.


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The Rio Firefly Handcycle Transforms Any Wheelchair Into A Motorized Wheelchair


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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Here’s That Motorized LEGO Wheelchair You’ve Always Dreamed Of

There’s a good number of things you can make with LEGOs. That’s why they’re so much fun! We’ve come across everything from MC Escher/Star Wars hybrids to a ridiculously detailed Porsche 911. But we’re pretty sure this motorized wheelchair is a first. It carries a person weighing up to 90kg (198lbs) around at blistering speeds of next to nothing, doing 0 to next-to-nothing in forever flat. It sounds like we don’t like it, but we do. It’s just kind of slow. But who really cares? It was made with 7 LEGO Mindstorm NXT’s, 14 LEGO Mindstorm motors, 6 LEGO Mindstorm touch sensors, 12 Rotocaster Muti-directional wheels and “a whole lot of LEGO Tecnic” by one Simon “Burf” Burfield. And while the chair is plenty cool as it is, Simon is working on replacing the current joystick controller with a wireless Bluetooth/Android control.

Hit the jump for a video of the chair in action and links.

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