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Leveraged Freedom Chair For Disabled Persons In Developing Countries

MIT's Mobility Lab has been working to design a device that improves conditions for people with disabilities living in developing nations.

Kyle Studstill
Kyle Studstill on February 18, 2010.

MIT’s Mobility Lab has been working to design a device that improves conditions for people with disabilities living in developing nations. The project seeks to address the fact that fewer than 1 percent of the need for wheelchairs in these countries is met by local production; small local workshops simply cannot produce mass quantities of current wheelchair designs at profitable costs.

The MIT team is currently developing the Leveraged Freedom Chair design, built from inexpensive bicycle parts, with chain-driven engineering for moving over the mud and rocky paths found frequently in these environments.

[via MIT]

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Kyle Studstill is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. Kyle works as a consultant working at the New York office of PSFK. His background is in analysis, from the analysis of cultural and technological change, to analysis of consumer and human insight, to military intelligence analysis with the US Intelligence and Security Command. Kyle loves the future, much like O'Brien from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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