A suicideUntil now, stairs posed a major barrier for disabled people in wheelchairs. A new Israeli technology is changing the rules of the game. bomber survives his attempted terrorist attack and arrives at a hospital next to his victims. In any other country, this script may seem to be totally fictional, however, in Israel; this cinematic concept is based on reality.
Until now, stairs posed a major barrier for disabled people in wheelchairs. A new Israeli technology is changing the rules of the game. Daniel Barel, the CEO explains, “Softwheel gives the freedom to get off the pavement , road, or staircase without using a ramp.” The technology absorbs the shock when the wheelchair is lowered from one level to another.
The wheel is hard enough to allow maneuvering and an internal mechanism reduces the shock. “The difference in our wheel is that the mechanism in the middle moves when lowered on a step, absorbing the shock,” Barel explains. “The person in the wheelchair doesn’t feel anything.”
“About four years ago I broke my hip and I was unable to walk for three weeks, I had to use a wheelchair,” says Gilad Wolf the initial inventor. “I built a wheelchair with airbags and it worked very well.
This private enterprise became a start – up and has progressed to “blue and white” mass production, from the metal for the wheel to the inner mechanism. These wheels are also manufactured for bicycles.
” Softwheel ” is not alone in the market. Tire giants like Michelin are actively trying to produce tires which are shock absorbing. There are smaller companies as well, which focus primarily on the bike market and already have products are on the shelves.
Barel adds that they are targeting markets in Europe, the US and Asia. They are busily planning their next step — in the field of automobiles. In the meantime, wheelchair users must still look for the special ramp, but there is definitely hope for a smoother ride in the future.