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Spanish Lifeguard Creates Sand Roller Wheelchair
Cesar Cebrian was a lifeguard in Valencia, Spain at an accessible beach. He noticed that wheelchair users were limited to a few platforms and not able to swim on their own. Transferring a rider from a conventional wheelchair to an amphibious wheelchair was difficult, and the user needed a person behind them pushing the wheelchair to move. His solution was SandRoller, a wheelchair that the user can independently roll on a beach. The chair started as a school project at Universidad Politechnica of Valencia and with the help of some designers, prototypers and a CNC machine the chair was born. Read more here.
Smartphone Map Apps Will Help Wheelchairs Roll Smoothly to Tokyo Olympic Venues
A new app, developed by The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, will be available to attendees of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics held in Tokyo, Japan. The app, which will be free, will provide guidance on the best routes for wheelchair users between airports and competition venues. Data is currently being collected on height variances throughout the city to help wheelchair users avoid routes that may be inaccessible. Read more about this project here.