The KneelChair is an innovative new approach to paraplegic mobility. The chair places users in a kneeling position, rather than the more usual seated position, which lengthens the torso, ensures that the internal organs are not compressed and maximizes blood flow. The use of bicycle gears coupled with levers reduces the effort required to power the wheels, allowing a shorter, more ergonomic motion and maximizing the power output of each stroke. The ergonomics are also improved with breathable mesh seating surfaces for increased airflow and cushioning. The seat height is adjustable, making it easier to transfer in and out of the chair.

Credits: Chris Wu of Art Center College of Design
Contact: Katherine Bennett, IDSA: