Beeline

Over 70 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide require wheel­chairs for mobil­i­ty and func­tion, yet most lack access to appro­pri­ate wheel­chairs or ser­vices to repair them. Based on glob­al data, we esti­mate that 23 mil­lion wheel­chairs are need­ed annu­al­ly. Cur­rent­ly, about 3 mil­lion wheel­chairs are pro­duced each year, result­ing in a 20 mil­lion per year deficit.” — The Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety of Wheel­chair Pro­fes­sion­als Feb. 2015 as quot­ed on the Bee­line web­site

The Bee­line Bum­ble­bee https://beelinewheelchairs.org/bumble-bee/
The Bee­line Bum­ble­bee https://beelinewheelchairs.org/bumble-bee/
The Bee­line Bum­ble­bee https://beelinewheelchairs.org/bumble-bee/
The Bee­line Bum­ble­bee https://beelinewheelchairs.org/bumble-bee/
The Bee­line Bum­ble­bee https://beelinewheelchairs.org/bumble-bee/

I love good design, and Bee­line is real­ly nail­ing it with this. They’re also doing good work. Find out more at https://beelinewheelchairs.org/history/.

Citryne Propulse

Propulse from Cit­ryne

I saw this online today ( https://www.citryne.com/ ). The com­pa­ny’s goal is to bring this into pro­duc­tion in Decem­ber 2020. Right now, they’re expect­ing it to be in the neigh­bor­hood of $2,300 (sub­ject to change, of course, as it is still in devel­op­ment).

For the most part, I like my man­u­al chair and don’t real­ly want a pow­er chair. Still, there’s no deny­ing some­times a lit­tle boost would be nice. My recent trip to the Kansas City Devel­op­er’s Con­fer­ence would have been much more enjoy­able with some­thing like this to help me get around the con­fer­ence cen­ter.

Or, you know, for those times when you’re look­ing at a par­tic­u­lar­ly long, steep hill.

Propulse. Some­times a lit­tle extra push is a good thing.