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Locally made electric wheelchair unveiled

Friday August 7 2015

An E-con wheelchair. PHOTO | MOSES OMUSOLO |

An E-con wheelchair. PHOTO | MOSES OMUSOLO | 

Physically challenged persons in the country have one more reason to smile following the unveiling of an ultramodern wheelchair.

An Electric Convertible (E-con) wheelchair that exhibited at the just ended Nairobi Innovation Week has been designed to overcome the many challenges of physical disability.

The brains behind the innovation is one Peter Mbiria, a student at Nairobi’s Technical University of Kenya.

E-con wheelchair, still a prototype, will cost up to Sh400,000 once rolled out.

Weighing in on the salient features of his handiwork, Mr Mbiria said: “E-con is a wheelchair that will enable physically challenged persons to be very mobile, very independent, and very comfortable.”

The wheelchair’s auto balancing feature removes the need for the person to adjust the seat while moving on rugged terrain or going upstairs. Yet that is just part of the possibilities presented by the model .


According to the designer, the wheelchair’s cost makes up for the lifetime cost of physical disability.