Mobi is a trendy electric mobility solution for seniors

Created by student designer Jack Martinich from Monash University, Australia, the Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair is a brand new reinterpretation of what wheelchairs for seniors should look and feel like. Around the world, the aging population that uses wheelchairs has to rely on bulky electricity driven products that are space hogging, generic and medical-use like in their demeanor. The Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair looks to create a niche line of electric assisted mobility solutions for senior citizens that are truly futuristic both in design as well as function.

Mobi electric folding wheelchair

Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair is primarily designed to be quickly transported without being dissembled which means that seniors using the product would not need to wait around for the wheelchair to be assembled and dissembled every time they need to go somewhere in a car. Featuring an innovative folding mechanism, the Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair allows the user to simply push on the hand rims just like a traditional manual wheelchair to help users maintain their physical activity and independence.

The design of the wheelchair is created to provide added versatility which is why its hand rims come fitted with force sensors that can detect the physical exertion of the user and automatically provide additional power to the wheels then it senses that the user is getting tired of propelling the wheelchair manually. Similar to power steering in a car, the electric assist system in the Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair complements the user’s effort instead of overriding it.

To ensure optimal balance on two wheels, the user’s centre of gravity is maintained optimally using Segway inspired technology that self-balances this electric wheelchair. The maneuverable and compact frame of the vehicle eliminates of the need for castor wheels further shirking the size of the wheelchair. Measuring just 700mm x700mm x500mm, the Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair is fitted with large 26” tires and the user’s clothing is protected from the tires by integrated handrest/wheel guards. To allow an easier grip, the wheelchair is fitted with wider ergonomic pushrims for a more confident and pleasurable experience.

The base of each of the hubless wheels is fitted with an electric servo motors that is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion batteries. On a full charge, the Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair has a range of approximately 20 km. While sitting into the seat or standing out of it, footrests are shifted upwards and the automatic kickstands deploy to improve user confidence and safety. The Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair is just a model for now though it would be fashioned using injection molded PVC fenders with ABS plastic and polyurethane components attached to a sturdy aluminum chassis. Kevlar lined pneumatic rubber tires are also added to the Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair to further enhance user safety and comfort.

Source: Monash

  1. John Nelson

    Exactly what I am looking for!

    August 7th, 2013 // Reply
  2. dena roth

    More info

    August 30th, 2013 // Reply
  3. Renee King-Hooks

    I want it yesterday! Sounds great! How much?

    October 8th, 2013 // Reply
  4. Renee King-Hooks

    I want it yesterday! Sounds great! How much?

    October 8th, 2013 // Reply
  5. Jay

    Hogwash! A bunch of double talk using gibberish instead of understandable words. Electric, but manually powered. Hard flat seat. No armrests, No real backrest to lean back into, Nothing to keep a senior heavily plopping back into it from a standing position from tipping over backward. No handles to push with. Most seniors using wheelchairs spend a good part of their day sitting in it, and this has no comfort built in, but is made to be a cute little fold up thing rather than a functional chair for actual use. If/when it is motor-powered, no way to steer or maneuver. All smoke and mirrors. No senior or caregiver would touch one of these with a 10-foot pole.

    November 29th, 2013 // Reply
  6. Melanie

    How much is the wheel chair above. That’s electric’ Please get back with me on this. Thank you.

    April 2nd, 2014 // Reply
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    April 2nd, 2014 // Reply
  8. Juliana

    Why is this amazing wheelchair in production? There’s a huge market for a well designed wheelchair that doesn’t make the disabled person feel inferior and institutionalised. This wheelchair is the iPod of wheelchairs. We want one now! Please :)

    July 30th, 2014 // Reply
  9. Wendy

    It’s a smashing design. Would love to know if it’s in production yet. I Would be interested in buying one. It’s about time wheel chairs and mobility scooter where made to look cool and they work too.

    August 2nd, 2014 // Reply
  10. Graham

    Did” anyone ” find out what it would cost , or is this all pie in the sky

    August 11th, 2014 // Reply
  11. Peggy

    What a fantastic concept – the student should try Dragons Den in Canada or Sharks Tank in the USA for funding
    Both are TV shows that fund entrepreneurs –
    This is exactly the type of thing they look for -innovation

    September 18th, 2014 // Reply
  12. Mike

    I also have a bridge for sale in NY !!!! It’s Half Price till the end of next week!!!

    October 19th, 2014 // Reply
  13. Hawk

    Great idea, but not there yet. I can’t see anyone over about 5 lbs being able to use it.

    October 21st, 2014 // Reply
  14. Amy

    Any hope yet of getting one?

    November 15th, 2014 // Reply
    • Nikolas Paraskevaides

      I am paraplegic person and also suffering with my kidneys undergoing Peritoneal dialysis. I am interested a lot to place the soonest my order. Please let me know selling price CIF to Cyprus if possible and also I would be very pleased if you could supply my with illustrated catalogues and more product info’s.
      Waiting for your early respond

      Best regards


      January 12th, 2015 // Reply

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