WHILL is an aftermarket accessibility wheelchair add-on that is promising to bring something completely new to wheelchair users.
Not everybody can afford an electric wheelchair, and many users are stuck with manual wheelchair. This might be acceptable for younger people that are generally in better condition and have more strength, but can become irritating with aging, or if disabled person loses a caretaker. In this case up until now the only solution was buying new or used electric wheelchair.
But now, there might be another, more economically viable solution. Small Japanese Startup Company called WHILL, introduced a wheelchair accessory called WHILL. WHILL is a device that turns manual wheelchair into fully electrical wheelchair. The power chair device can be attached to any standard wheelchair, and embraces it.
WHILL works on like Segway device, as its curved control arm that embrace user around his or her waist contain control interface. Invalid controls the device by leaning in either direction, and device follows the direction and steers, much like piloting a sit-down Segway.
Each WHILLs hub contains a 24-volt motor which is powered by Li-ION dry gel battery pack. Charging time is about two hours, and with one fully charged battery pack user can achieve average of 19 miles at top speed of 12.5 mph/20 kmh. WHILL consists of two circular hubs that contain the direct-drive motor, which attaches to the wheels of any wheelchair. At start of 2012 WHILL is still at prototype stage, but company…