Evolution

Powered wheelchairs of the present day are developed to sit, lie, and stand. They have Bluetooth, GPS, USB, touchscreens, cup holders, storage cases, and other features. However, about 70% of wheelchair users, despite their shoulder and wrist pain, choose manual wheelchairs instead. These wheelchairs have remained largely unchanged over hundreds of years of evolution, only today they are made not only of wood but also of aluminium, titanium, and carbon fibre. Why the preference for these archaic models? Powered wheelchairs are large, heavy, and fairly slow. What other options could there be for those who have mobility problems but are active, interested in new technologies, not afraid of challenges, love travelling, and seek active participation in social life and the labour market?

What if we offered them a powerchair that:

• has no joystick, steering wheel, or other control sticks, and is controlled by intuitive body movements, leaving hands completely free. • can change height from sitting to eye level within seconds and allows easy and comfortable operation in a standing mode. • can travel at 20 km/h, even in a standing mode. • is agile and manoeuvrable, even in the narrowest spaces and is more compact than a manual wheelchair. • weighs less than 40 kg and does not need a crane to load it into the boot of a car. • can move around freely at home, in the city, and off-road.

... maybe they would agree to switch from their manual wheelchairs to a device that can hardly be called a wheelchair.

CHRONUS KIM1

Self-balancing personal mobility robot, patent pending

Eye level height

The ability to "stand up" in a single-button operation and freely move in a standing mode

Lightweight

Only 38 kg

Remote control

Ability to control an empty device with a smartphone to get it near the bed or car, for example

Comfort ride

Integrated air shock absorber to help with absorbing bumps and dips

Hands free

Controlled by intuitive body movements, leaving the hands completely free

Compact

Only 59 cm wide

Ergonomic saddle

The saddle, backrest, and leg supports formed according to body shapes

Folding backrest

Easily folded backrest for easier transfer and transportation

Technical Data

Max speed in normal mode: 11 – 20 km/h

Max speed in limited mode: 4 – 12 km/h

Seat height from the ground: 50 – 88 cm

Max range: 30 km

Batteries: 620 Wh / 55.5 V / 11.2 Ah

Battery charge time: 4 hours

Obstacle height: 5 cm on standard tyres/ 7 cm off-road tyres

Climbing angle: 20 deg

Turning radius: R=0

Parking: button operated stabilising legs

Total width: 59 cm

Total length: 60 – 70 cm

Overall height: 105 cm

Transport dimensions LxWxH: 70 x 59 x 56 cm (with the backrest folded)

Wheel diameter: 39 cm

Weight: 38 kg (batteries included)

User weight: 40 – 100 kg

Lighting: built-in front and rear LED lights

Optional:

  • Off-road wheels
  • Transport bag
  • Color on request

 

Not a medical device, but…

When compared to conventional wheelchairs, the CHRONUS KIM1 has a clear positive effect on the user's spine, especially the neck area. Muscles of the vertebral column and vestibular system are involved in device control, thereby they are constantly trained. Prolonged use of the CHRONUS KIM1 in a standing mode provides positive effects on the thorax (ergonomic posture has a positive effect on cardiovascular and respiratory function) and diaphragm (diaphragm pressure is significantly reduced, which facilitates better digestion and bowel movements). In addition to these physical benefits, the CHRONUS KIM1 also provides dignity and confidence, which will definitely have a profound effect on the user's mental health.

… isn't such a device one a good therapist should prescribe for his patient?

"When I got to try CHRONUS KIM1 I realized that my disability is no longer excluding me from others that much. I feel more confident when meeting people and not having to look up to them from the bottom. Feeling equal, sophisticated and more captivating. I can go around not asking others to help me reach things from top shelf at home, in store, at work or any other places. As I don’t need to spin wheels, I have always free hands to carry things, use my phone or any other gadgets while moving. I am more able than I thought I could ever be after my injury."
Aistė Krušinskaitė
Test Rider
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