Believe it or not, wheelchairs have been around in one form or another since at least the 5th century BC, as a means of transporting people that had lost the use of their legs. Over the centuries such devices took the form of simple wheeled seats and wheelbarrow-like contraptions to an elaborate wooden throne on wheels designed for King Phillip II of Spain.
Wheelchairs are generally used walking is very difficult or impossible due to illness, injury or disability. They completely remove weight-bearing from the legs, and instead rely on a riders’ arms to propel themselves via the chair’s drive wheels.
The modern light-weight tubular metal wheelchair was invented in 1933 by a pair of British engineers, Harry C. Jennings, Sr. and Herbert Everest. Their chair formed the basis for subsequent wheelchair design well into the 21st century, with little in the way of innovation.
Over the last few years, there have emerged a small number of engineers dedicated to re-imagining the humble wheelchair, using modern design principles, new materials and construction methods.
We are very excited to be partnered with CarbonBlack and Trekinetic to offer the most innovative and exciting wheelchairs to our clients. Our chairs blend cutting-edge design, technology and materials to create what we feel are the best production chairs available today.
[photo links to K-2, GT-3, CarbonBlack2]