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    Cardboard wheelchair

    This guy has developed a cardboard bicycle and is extending the manufacturing techniques he created to develop a cardboard wheelchair.
    "Because you get a lot of government grants, it brings down the production costs to zero, so the bicycles can be given away for free. We are copying a business model from the high-tech world where software is distributed free because it includes embedded advertising," Elmish explained.

    "It could be sold for around $20, because (retailers) have to make a profit ... and we think they should not cost any more than that. We will make our money from advertising," he added.

    Elmish said initial production was set to begin in Israel in months on three bicycle models and a wheelchair and they will be available to purchase within a year.

    "In six months we will have completed planning the first production lines for an urban bike which will be assisted by an electric motor, a youth bike which will be a 2/3 size model for children in Africa, a balance bike for youngsters learning to ride, and a wheelchair that a non-profit organization wants to build with our technology for Africa," he said.
    http://news.yahoo.com/cardboard-bicy...090732689.html

    #2
    thats pretty darn cool

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      #3
      Sweet!!
      Chas
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        #4
        From these pictures, those tires more look like racers (aren't they hard too?) instead of wide ones. That could be problematic in most underdeveloped countries if true.
        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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          #5
          If they have a bike that can take a motor, how much harder can it be to rig up a basic power chair?

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            #6
            Hopefully the cardboard wheelchair doesn't become the gold standard for health insurance companies and Medicare.

            I think I'll pass.

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              #7
              What an awesome idea!
              www.MurGallery.com

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                #8
                Bamboo Handcycle Attachments

                Thanks for posting, I love reading about stuff like this

                This guy, based in the U.S., makes bikes out of bamboo. And also handcycle attachments from bamboo which are primarily aimed at people in developing countries.

                It's not clear if he is going to sell bamboo handcycle attachments in the West or not. (I've searched and read quite a few articles about his work. Some suggest he is planning to sell a bamboo model in the West).

                His name is Derick Loud, and his company is currently called BooGud bicycles. Was known as BooGood bicycles.

                http://engineering.asu.edu/sbhse/?page_id=663

                Also, Youtube video:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNb46KVGc-Y
                Last edited by Bear_on_wheels; 24 Oct 2012, 7:04 AM. Reason: add links

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                  #9
                  There is also a wheelchair made from bamboo. This one is from Japan. Although it's only made to use inside an airport, not in the real world of uneven pavements and missing curb cuts (!).

                  http://www.usatechguide.org/blog/bam...off-travelers/

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                    #10
                    Speaking of unusual wheelchairs.....

                    There is also the ZipZac, a wheelchair made for toddlers. Starts from $900. Simple and innovative design allows the child to stay at floor level so they can reach their toys and peers

                    http://zipzac.com/

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                      #11
                      If you enjoy reading about unusual wheelchairs, check out ''wheelchair weird'' section of the Wheelchair Diffusion blog.

                      http://www.usatechguide.org/blog/cat...elchair-weird/

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