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

26 thoughts on “Mobi is a trendy electric mobility solution for seniors”

  1. 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.

    1. Jay, I guess they should have said it was a manual power assist like the one I own. Oh, my chair also has a hard flat seat. Most people in chairs require special after market cushions.

      1. I have to agree with Jay on a lot of it. It should be easy to make the seat much softer. the balance on it is what scares me and I have worked as an engineer for many years and to get things to balance you need more than 2 points of contact with the ground. but it looks like it has a lot of potential but you will have to put weight limitations to it or people will get themselves in real trouble.

    2. Jay, I guess they should have said it was a manual power assist like the one I own. Oh, my chair also has a hard flat seat. Most people in chairs require special after market cushions.

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    1. 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


      1. Hello Nikolas

        I have invented a robot wheelchair with an smartphone Brain. My prototype is work and is an open platform that can be modified to suite the needs of the user. Using a smartphone for the Brain allowed an app to be downloaded for the app store. Any change or update to the software is easily downloaded too . Using an iPhone toy and scaling it to drive the wheelchair I have been able to add a remote control and an avatar with unlimited triggers. At this time I only have one prototype but can reproduced. My background is in electronics and need help in software and marketing. If you would like to chat you can call my cell at 904-422-3085. to watch Amytron the robot wheelchair

        Jeff Barron

  5. I’m not a senior. But i need to use a wheelchair most of the time when i go out. My friends don’t take me anymore because to difficult to get the wheelchair in and out the car. They have to push me. This look great. But indeed, what about the balance?

  6. My children + I recently saw a documentary on how children in 3rd world countries got to school. Some of the children were disabled + in plastic patio chairs w/wheels + it would be amazing if some of these children could have this wonderful wheelchair!!

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