Students build stair-climbing wheelchair

Scalevo 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 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 Scalevo climb stairs with ease:

Help Scalevo to give back the freedom to ascend stairs to wheelchair drivers here.

Submitted by

Lisa Goldapple, Editor, Atlas of the Future (06 June 2016)

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  1. Cristina

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

  2. ALINE


  3. Andreas Baxevanidis

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

  4. Husam

    can I know how much price for this weel chair ?

  5. Abdulrehman

    Hi there, i am From Pakistan i want this wheel chair how to buy this please send me detail

  6. Marios Loizides

    Interested in promoting the wheelchair in Cyprus.

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