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Airplane-Adjusted Wheelchairs

Skycare Chair is Optimized for Aircraft Maneuvering and Independence

— January 24, 2012 — Autos
Passengers with two working legs may find it difficult to enough to move around an airplane during flight, making equipment such as the Skycare Chair invaluable to those with physical disabilities. A range of challenges are confronted by flyers bound to wheelchairs -- obstacles that this invention begins to solve.

The collapsible contraption is light, folds compactly and is consequently ideal for storing in close-packed aircraft compartments. However, when fully expanded, it remains narrow enough to maneuver confined aisles and broad enough to provide ergonomic comfort. Most notably, however, is its effortless operation.

Brian Liang's Skycare Chair is driven with the help of handlebars at the front, allowing the user to push forward for onward motion and backward for reverse. The apparatus makes it easier for people to propel themselves inflight, eliminating the necessary patience and embarrassment of relying on attendants' assistance.
Trend Themes
1. Collapsible Contraptions - There is an opportunity to innovate and design more collapsible contraptions that are ideal for storing in compact spaces like aircraft compartments.
2. Ergonomic Comfort - There is a market for developing more ergonomic seating solutions that can provide comfort in narrow aisles while being broad enough for individuals with physical disabilities.
3. Effortless Operation - There is room for creating more assistive devices that have effortless operation, allowing individuals with physical disabilities to propel themselves without relying on assistance.
Industry Implications
1. Aerospace - The aerospace industry can explore integrating collapsible contraptions designed for storing in compact spaces like aircraft compartments.
2. Furniture - The furniture industry can capitalize on the demand for ergonomic solutions and create more seating options that are comfortable in narrow spaces while accommodating individuals with physical disabilities.
3. Assistive Technology - The assistive technology industry can focus on developing more devices with effortless operation, enabling individuals with disabilities to be more independent and self-reliant.
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