Can a simple new carbon wheelchair design have the power to be multifaceted and multifunctional for its users?

Generally, people's perceptions of wheelchairs are fairly straightforward – conventional, functional, making life easier for those using them. But can functional and stylish meld with wheelchairs? Can design actually change perceptions about the way both wheelchair users and the people they interact with feel?

For its users, the wheelchair has been a tool, as well as a form of clothing, an exoskeleton, a way they are defined to the world. Just like any person wearing clothing, a dress, a pair of pants, or shoes, this can impact the confidence one has in various scenarios.

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