The Wheelchair Reimagined
The 3D-printed Go wheelchair from London-based product design consultancy Layer is aiming to transform the wheelchair by putting users at the centre of its design.
Personally customised to suit individual users’ needs, the device has been reimagined as a ‘human-centred’ everyday object, according to Benjamin Hubert, founder of Layer. Using body mapping to collect biometric information, a bespoke seat and foot bay are 3D-printed to fit the individual’s body.
The wheelchair – which will be formally launched at Clerkenwell Design Week in London on May 24-26 – will also include a lightweight titanium frame, wheels that are easier to push, and a pair of Go gloves which lock into the wheels’ surface to help users propel themselves.
Consumers can further personalise the design by selecting colours and optional features such as transfer bars, push bars and wheel guards via a related app. A price for the chair is yet to be announced.
Brands combining customisable design options with an easy user experience are making way for compelling, human-focused products that bend and flex to users’ needs and requirements. See Personalising Product for more on the mutual benefits of allowing consumers to assist in product development.
Meanwhile, for further insight into the possibilities of 3D printing and product design customisation, see Ultramodern Making: Latest Advances for 3D and 4D Printing.