New WHILL model launches to industry praise at CES 2018

WHILL, the Japanese manufacturer of the unique, all directional powerchair, has launched its new Model Ci in the US at the CES convention in Las Vegas this January, being named a CES 2018 "Best of Innovation" Awards winner.

The new model aims to continue the company’s tradition of combining sleek aesthetics with an advanced driving experience, with the model Ci featuring WHILL’s patented front omni-wheels resulting in the chair’s all directional manoeuvrability.

The Ci’s also includes a joystick to allow for precise movements, two powerful motors to glide over rough city streets as well as off-road terrain and disassembles into three components for easy transportation.

In addition to the innovative design features, the Ci also integrates the Internet of Things (IoT) to deliver enhanced performance, incorporating app-enabled driving for greater independence, multiple driving modes to match a driver's riding style and comfort zone and a digital battery charge indicator to stem range anxiety, all enabled via Bluetooth.

By leveraging mobile broadband and GPS, the Model Ci provides predictive product maintenance information, as well as remote customer support.

"With its modern design, the Model Ci challenges today's conventions with a product that, due to its futuristic appeal, eliminates the stigma and adverse psychological impact that affects people who use mobility devices," says Satoshi Sugie, CEO of WHILL and former Nissan designer.

"The result is not just freedom of mobility, but freedom from the self-consciousness often associated with a wheelchair or scooter."

The new chair boasts a 10-mile range from its lithium-ion battery, a top speed of five mph is suitable for both rugged outdoor environments and tight, indoor spaces

Headquartered in the Bay Area with offices in Tokyo and Taiwan, the company says its mission is to enable everyone to explore the world in comfort and style, transforming what it calls today’s antiquated power wheelchair and scooter systems.

The UK distributor for the unique powerchairs, TGA Mobility, have confirmed that the new model will be making an appearance later in the year for the UK market.

To find out more, visit the company’s website HERE