Developers in Liverpool have produced a new lightweight sports wheelchair which could cost end-users half the amount of similar types currently available on the market.
A team from Greenbank Sports Academy (GSA) in Merseyside has used advanced digital technology to create powered chairs designed for disability hockey and football.
GSA worked with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in a project to improve a heavier, bulkier prototype called ‘The Thunderbolt’.
Designed with 3D modelling and to be easy-to-use and transportable, the chair uses an alternative lightweight material to give it an edge over other models.
The chairs are now produced in a partnership between Greenbank and North West Training Council in Liverpool.
Peter Wyman, project manager at GSA, told LBN: “We were aware that a similar product is available in America, but that model is designed solely for wheelchair football.
“Our goal with The Thunderbolt was therefore to plug the dual-use gap, while also working with partners such as LCR 4.0 to reduce the initial bulkiness of the prototype.
“Now, thanks to that support, we have a new model of a wheelchair that will benefit the lives of not just disabled people in Liverpool but people all over the world.”