The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab designed a concept for the first manual standing wheelchair. This device uses a hand drive mechanism to manually convert from a seated position to standing one in a few easy motions. The majority of wheelchair users in the US choose to use manual wheelchairs over powered ones and this manual wheelchair is compact and easy to use.
The significance of this device can be found in its psychological benefits. The user is able to bring themselves into a standing position to have a conversation, cook their own food or reach to places that were previously inaccessible. The feeling of independence and empowerment this can bring to those who have been quite literally looked down upon by society cannot be overstated. Other convertible chairs don't allow the user to move once standing, which is another reason for this device's significance.
This convertible sitting-to-standing wheelchair is nearly market-ready and will bridge a gap in mobility for many people.