scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom

scewo is a self-balancing wheelchair that can go up and down the stairs independently and smoothly.  this innovation offers people a dynamic experience for navigating over obstacles with multiple rubber tracks offering a smooth and safe ride on the stairs. 

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom
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with recent innovations in smartphone, automobile, drone, and even robotic vacuum cleaner technology, scewo was surprised to find the same electric wheelchairs from years ago in today’s market. founded by four university students from ETH zurich + ZHDK, they have managed to create and fund the entire project independently while building a wheelchair fit for the 21st century, with new technology and aesthetics.

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom


the ‘scewo’ wheelchairs sturdy rubber tracks provide a safe and comfortable transition up or down the stairs, while its extra-wide base can stabalize the chair even on spiral stair cases. transfers onto the stair and back to the floor are automated. self-balancing chair provides agile maneuvering on spot and dynamic driving also over common obstacles like curbs, while the person can either use the joystick or a shift in body weight to control the chair.

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom


the self-balancing wheelchair features three different driving modes depending on the terrain: ‘safe’ mode is used for getting on and off, getting to a table, or standing still; ‘elevated’ mode enables eye-to-eye communication and reaching high-lying objects; plus ‘track’ mode overcomes slippery surfaces like snow or gravel, trickier obstacles, or steep inclines with increased traction.

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom


scewo is currently reaching out for funding via its patreon campaign, which can be viewed in detail here.

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom

scewo electric wheelchair climb stairs designboom

  • At what price… do the unfortunate few come before the unfortunate many? Would the effort have not been better spent on helping with clean water? Like military designers, many companies making products like this rely on government funds, in this case, likely released by sympathy pressure in the first world.


    JimCan says:
  • @JimCan. Your comments are unfair. Are you solving the clean water problem? If so, than this team doesn’t need to. If not, get started.

    This is even at a high price it is much more reasonable to invest in such wheelchairs than to rebuild million of entrances to buildings with three steps to make them universal accessable. Add to that the costs for sinking curbs everywhere. (As if curbs where created for no other reason than to make life hard for wheeled personal transport.) Such a technological solution as this brings us much closed to universal access than ramps and lifts all over the place. I content, it would be cheaper to buy every handicapped person such a wheel chair rather than eliminate steps everywhere, and it would be a better solution. I wish the team much success.

    That said, I’m not sure it needs to be selfbalancing.

    Robert Buss says:
  • it very cool make easy than tired of happen before that use hand touch the wheelchair push up keep going and later got hurt hand between waist so badly pain never stop so hard so it not easy way out so now new technology this year 2017 finally new technology than old past anymore and now thank you for information so good in future .

    James Hooker says:
  • Hi my name is Heidi Burns Rourke
    For people in need my friend Dana rates would like to have this kinda wheel chair so he go to other people’s house with stairs for people I think should have fundraisers for people in need of a wheel chair especially this one and especially elderly who can’t walk

    Heidi Burns rourke says:

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