Stair-Climbing Electric Wheelchair
This is Scewo Bro, a Swiss-made self-balancing electric wheelchair that climbs stairs with a fully automated transfer up or down. This life-changing mobility device can scale stairs, cobblestone, forest paths, and even once-inaccessible places, such as mountain peaks and gorges in the right conditions. This newfound and welcome independence for wheelchair uses is due to Scewo Bro’s retractable twin tracks that descend from its undercarriage and pistons that tilt the chair back.
This state-of-the-art stabilization system allows the user to climb steps that are up to 20 cm high – at one step per second. Its self-balancing technology, which automatically maintains a level of seating while driving, not only allows for a smoother ride but provides a sense of security and stability. This feature is possible even if the driver doesn’t have any upper body stability.
Wheelchair users will feel incredibly liberated given that stairs are the biggest obstacle and many places are still not wheelchair accessible. Scewo Bro allows the user to climbs stairs upwards or downwards, straight or on a curve with a 20 – 36° gradient. The Scewo Bro is controlled through a joystick and through shifting one’s body weight. Its array of driving modes offers freedom and its large wheels can effortlessly conquer any terrain including getting on and off public transport. Scewo’s seat is fully adjustable and it has a top speed of 10 km/h with a 25-km range on a full charge. Its maximum speed is 10 km/h, its maximum distance is 25 km and its maximum step height is 200 mm and its maximum incline is 6.°
Scewo also helps make wishes come true. Wheelchair users from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany can submit a short description of their wish or a video message explaining how Scewo can help make them realize it. For example, one user’s wish that came true was to drive over a suspension bridge between two mountain peaks and enjoy the magnificent view at over 3,000 meters. Another 16-year-old Scewo Bro user wished for an excursion to the Viamala Gorge to admire the impressive rock monuments within their depths – and his wish also came true!
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