The XO-1

2006-11-30

[Picture of xo-1]Yves Béhar headed the design team charged with coming up with a laptop for children throughout the developing world — one laptop per child and at a unit cost of just 100 USD.

The Charity is called ‘One Laptop Per Child‘ — check out the website at www.laptop.org/

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Free Wheelchair Mission

2006-11-11

[Free Wheelchair picture]Don Schoendorfer is the designer of a revolutionary wheelchair and the Chief Executive of The Free Wheelchair Mission.

The design uses cheap plastic garden chairs! It has to be seen to be believed, but it is amazingly true.

The Free Wheelchair Mission accepts donations: visit them on www.freewheelchairmission.org/

Check out the website to find out why and how!

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Trekinetic’s K2

2006-11-08

[Picture of k2]The classic everyday folding metal wheelchair was designed and built a long time ago — when the world was a very different place, back in the 1930s. Not only were lifestyles different, but so were production tools, materials and manufacturing methods.

This occurred to Formula One parts designer Mike Spindle as he watched a man struggle through an airport departure lounge in a metallic purple wheelchair. Mike thought that somebody ought to be able to do an awful lot better. Read the rest of this entry »


Wheelchair

2006-11-07

[Picture of early Wheelchair]The original wheelchair for the disabled was invented in 1783 by John Dawson “Wheelchair maker” of Bath — hence the name “Bath chair”. It had three wheels, the small front one being used for steering. It was a very good design for the era.

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The Millau

2006-11-01

[Picture of Millau Viaduct]In the south of France, there is a deep 2 km wide valley in the Massif Central Mountain Range at Aveyron divided by the River Tarn. The French government decided an alternative to the nearly saturated Rhône Valley route was needed — as well as a solution to the notorious N9 Millau bottleneck — and so they approved the idea proposed by the owners ‘Compagnie Eiffage du Millau Viaduct’ (CEVM) and the client ‘SETEC’ to cross the Tarn gorges by a viaduct/ road bridge, saving 30 minutes under normal conditions and up to almost 4 hours on some weekends in the summer. Read the rest of this entry »