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Lauren Lewis
BY Lauren Lewis

An Innovative New Product: Shock-Absorbing Wheels for Wheelchairs

It is commonly said, “you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.” However, when Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf broke his pelvis in 2008, he set out to do just that. He was not going to let his crops shrivel up and go without care. In order to tend to his field, he had to reinvent his wheelchair, giving it necessary adaptations and upgrades to become an off-road “workhorse.”

The Technology

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In a normal ride on standard floors or pavements, the suspension mechanism remains static. The Acrobat™ acts and feels as a high-end, rigid wheel. However, when encountering an impact caused by an obstacle above a specific threshold, the Acrobat’s Selective Suspension mechanism comes into play. This causes a shift of the wheel’s hub from its previously central location and develops a cushioning effect that dramatically absorbs and lessens the impact transferred to the rider.

Once the obstacle has been passed, the hub shifts back to its central location smoothly, automatically, and seamlessly. The wheel regains its rigidity and responsiveness, and the user continues moving efficiently. In fact it is the wheel that absorbs most of the shock generated by impact rather than the chair or the user’s body.

Get an Up Close and Personal View Here

For more details on this exciting product, visit SoftWheel.


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Lauren Lewis

Written on May 5, 2014 by:

Lauren Lewis began working at the Friendship Circle in May 2012 as the Communications and Event Coordinator. After participating in Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan and meeting some amazing kids with special needs, Lauren fell in love with the cause and never stopped advocating. When not at the Friendship Circle, she is wearing maize and blue and enjoying life in Detroit. You can connect with Lauren on LinkedIn.
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