Students build stair-climbing wheelchair

SCEWO BRO Wheelchair
Switzerland (Zurich)

A lack of wheelchair accessibility makes it hard for disabled people to maintain independence. That’s why a group of ten art and tech students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich University of the Arts has created a wheelchair that uses wheels for cruising and rubber tracks to climb and descend staircases.

Described as a “Segway crossed with a tank” and as having “unparalleled stair-climbing capabilities“, the all-electric SCEWO BRO (before: Scalevo) has retractable twin tracks that descend from its undercarriage and pistons that tilt the chair back – and it can move at a speed of one step per second. Tests have shown that it can be driven on almost every staircase, however steep. The creators hope that it will eliminate the need for access ramps and stairlifts.

It seems so simple, yet it’s never been done before. Watch the SCEWO BRO climb stairs with ease:

Submitted by

Lisa Goldapple, Editor, Atlas of the Future (06 February 2019)

Project leader

Bernhard Winter, Mechanical Engineering student, ETH Zurich

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  1. Cristina

    Hi there, I will like to know the price of the product!

  2. Nikunj Acharya

    Hello, I am from India I want buy your latest chair. How can I get this.

    Please suggest me way.

    Thank you
    Nikunj Acharya

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  4. Andreas Baxevanidis

    Looking at this genius new wheelchair am wondering about the cost. Has anybody knowledge about this to give me a clue ?

  5. Husam

    can I know how much price for this weel chair ?

  6. me van gestel

    wat is de prijs, waar te koop en kan die ook op het strand rijden.

  7. Jerry Noffel

    Is this chair available in the U.S.? If so, is technical support immediately available to owner? Is the company also working to develop other models of this chair. For example, if stair climbing is not as important as other features can the caterpillars be eliminated? I am very interested in this chair!!! Please send information…including pricing options (if any).

  8. Jas

    how to get this wheelchair in Canada?. Can it be shipped ? what is the price?.

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