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The IntelliWheels Give Paraplegics the Mobility they Deserve

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: • References: futurity.org and gizmodo
With everything going "smart" these days, from phones to computer applications, it was only a matter of time before these IntelliWheels, a fully-functioning wheelchair capable of shifting gears, were created.

Shifting his attention from a bicycle to a wheelchair, engineer Scott Daigle was puzzled by the absence of gear-equipped wheelchair. After all, why shouldn't paraplegics be able to move around with the same speed, control and momentum as everyone else? The IntelliWheels AGS combines the versatility of a road bike with the reliability of a wheelchair to provide a new, unseen package.

But unlike typically bicycles, the IntelliWheels employ a gear-shifting system that automatically adapts to how the wheelchair is pushed, so newcomers to the product don't have to relearn how to use their chair! By September 2012, you might see these bad boys on the streets as Daigle and his colleagues work to perfect their prototype.