Sleek and inventive design reimagines the traditional powered mobility device
Canadian designer and engineer Neutron Her, co-founder of Robbox Inc, has reenvisioned the traditional powered mobility aid with his latest concept, the MÜV – pronounced ‘move’.
The model is a pure-electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle that grants the user omni-directional manoeuvrability whilst enabling the user full use of their hands.
According to Her, the vision of the device is to “evolve the way people move by spreading joy and ease of movement”
Designed around the idea of a traditional chair to remain familiar to users, Her highlights that the real technical innovation is discretely equipped within.
In particular, the device uses self-balancing robotic technology and boasts a spherical drive system to grants riders omnidirectional control and navigation.
Additionally, the ergonomic MÜV has footrests for stability whilst sensors and advanced control algorithms take note of every physical rotation intention made by the user to ensure a safe and effortless ride.
“It’s made of two major housing casings; both made of polyamid (nylon) reinforced with fibre-glass and each injection-moulded in one single operation,” explains Her.
“A two-tone colour scheme creates a minimalist, yet striking design. The front panel is full depth coloured semi-matte obsidian black to convey a sense of utilitarian ruggedness yet remaining sporty and modern. Complemented by a sleek titanium painted finish back panel.”
Interestingly, Her’s ultramodern design includes no charging port and instead uses a wireless charging method by tilting its wireless charging pad located below the battery onto a wireless charging station.
“This surface also doubles as a stable resting pad during stops / short breaks,” he adds.
“At this angle, the electronics enter a sleep mode to conserve power. When tilted back for use, the system powers up and begins automatically stabilizing at full power preparing for the rider to safely mount.”
Despite only being a concept, the design does highlight how more designers and engineers are reimagining what mobility could look like in the future as further technological advancements become more accessible to manufacturers over the years to come.
Recently, WHILL’s advanced autonomous, self-driving powered wheelchairs were recently adopted by a Japanese airport, highlighting how ideas that would have seemed like science-fiction just a decade ago are now becoming mainstream.https://thiis.co.uk/sleek-and-inventive-design-reimagines-the-traditional-powered-mobility-device/https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/MUV-device-logo.jpg?fit=900%2C563&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/MUV-device-logo.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NewsroomSupplier NewsTrade Newsconcept design,hands-free assistive mobility vehicle,mobility aid,mobility device,MUV,Neutron Her,powered mobility,pure-electric,Robbox Inc,self-balancing,spherical drive system,WHILLCanadian designer and engineer Neutron Her, co-founder of Robbox Inc, has reenvisioned the traditional powered mobility aid with his latest concept, the MÜV - pronounced ‘move'. The model is a pure-electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle that grants the user omni-directional manoeuvrability whilst enabling the user full use of their hands. According to...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine