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Old 06-28-2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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The "tank" wheelchair

I ran across this article and think that it's a neat design that gives wheelchair-bound folks the ability to be more active.

Meet the all-terrain wheelchair that’s built like a tank - The Washington Post

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Old 06-28-2014, 01:38 PM   #2
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It is neat. Nice to someone be more productive about a problem like that.
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Bill O'Reilly (Fox NC) has been raising money for a while to buy these for disabled vets. Neat looking vehicle.
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Interesting concept. I coach a USFIRST robotics team - and depending on the challenge, I suggest caterpillar treads when appropriate. However, there are tradeoffs. Ability to turn sharply is reduced, as is the overall size - and ability to maneuver through smaller spaces. Looking at the picture in the article, I would think you'd need MUCH wider doors (36" wouldn't be enough) and a HUGE bathroom - to allow turning that beast around.

But the article, and video imply it's an outdoor wheelchair... so I guess you'd have to transfer from your indoor wheelchair to your outdoor wheelchair to use it.
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Yes, it looks too big to get around inside without running into things. It would have trouble squeezing through tight spaces.
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Yes, it looks too big to get around inside without running into things. It would have trouble squeezing through tight spaces.
That statement sounds like too many of us. (Now putting down the fork).
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I ran across this article and think that it's a neat design that gives wheelchair-bound folks the ability to be more active.

Meet the all-terrain wheelchair that’s built like a tank - The Washington Post

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Nice. Thanks for the link.

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It is neat. Nice to someone be more productive about a problem like that.
+1

You know what they say about building a better mousetrap. I hope the guy is successful and stays busy for a long time.
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