Have you ever felt that the world was too unsafe to comfortably ride your wheelchair in? Japanese tech firm Nano-Optics Energy tackles this problem with their new wheelchair, the UNiMO. Built with tank treads, built-in sensors, and independent suspension, the UNiMO wheelchair provides you with all the security of a miniature one-man tank. Nano-Optics Energy boasts that this wheelchair can travel across gravel roads, the beach, snow-covered surfaces, and it can even make its way over 6-inch (15 centimeters) steps and ditches. It can even reach speeds up to 4 mph!
You would expect this wheelchair to be one uncomfortable ride but Nano-Optics Energy claims that the UNiMO was designed with the concept of moving furniture in mind. It is literally a moving sofa with treads. Now you can go anywhere you want without the restriction of tired arms or inferior electronic wheelchairs that can’t even roll over a pebble without the fear of flipping over. With the UNiMO you can crush all the pebbles you want!
No news on when UNiMO will be released to the public, however. Despite it being able to travel 12 miles on a single charge, Nano-Optics Energy have planned to first release the chair in medical centers and rehabilitation centers. The company has even begun working on a smaller model so that it can fit the needs of medical centers that don’t have too much space to waste.