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UpnRide – The Upright Wheelchair

Dr Amit Goffer goes utside standing up for first time using Israeli invention upright wheelchair

UpnRide Robotics

UpnRide Robotics is an Israeli startup whose mission is to aid disabled people. Their product is an upright wheelchair, which allows quadriplegics and paraplegics to stand upright. The wheelchair gaurantees safe riding even on uphill and downhill slopes, as well as other types of urban terrain.

Founder of UpnRide trying out Israeli made upright wheelchair

 

Dr Amit Goffer

The founder of the startup, Dr Amit Goffer, is himself a quadriplegic. Dr Goffer was once a captian in the Israeli Air Force, but suffered an accident in 1997. He then proceeded to obtain a PhD in electrical and computer engineering. In June of 2014, he founded UpnRide Robotics. Using his company’s upright wheelchair, Dr Goffer went outside standing up for the first time in 18 years, an all-around emotional affair.

UpnRide Israeli startup for upright wheelchair testing the product on urban terrain

 

Benefits of the Product

UpnRide’s breakthrough in technology will allow disabled people worldwide to be more independent and comfortable. The benefits of the wheelchair include being able to have a conversation eye to eye. Moreover, standing helps avoid diseases that result from sitting for a prolonged period of time. UpnRide expects to launch sales of their product in the second half of 2017.

Shira Koenigsberg
Shira Koenigsberg
Shira is American-Israeli and currently lives in Jerusalem. She enjoys yoga, red wine, and good books. Her literary influences include JK Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bob Dylan, and Dr Seuss.

4 Comments

  1. This looks very exciting. I’m thinking of a young friend (25 yr old) with Cerebral Palsy. Could walk till 3 or 4 but then gradually lost mobility and now confined to a wheelchair. He goes around the streets of our small village visiting people he has made friends with but his life is very limited as there are no services within our village unless his Mom and Grandmother move him back to a city which they cannot afford (Dad died suddenly 5 yrs ago leaving family with not enough financial support to stay in the city).
    I would be most interested to hear more about this product especially it’s cost.

    • yisraels says:

      Hey Orma, I know some people with Cerebral Palsy as well. This chair would do wonders for them. Which village? I don’t know how much it is going to cost but they are expecting it to be available some time around middle to end of 2017

    • Hi Orma,
      Thank you for commenting. Please contact the company directly, by clicking “contact us” on UpnRide’s official website.

  2. Gerald Yukitomo says:

    My son (29 years old) and I are very interested in this UpNRide. He was in a recent accident and is an quadriplegic. I had a hard time getting the videos because of the facebook flyer kept popping out. This product looks very practical and very useful for the quadriplegics. He has a very positive attitude and is determined to walk again but since my wife and I are getting to the retirement age we would like to see him be on his own. I believe that this product will make a huge benefit to the quadriplegics community and anyone else that is wheelchair bound. Keep on improving!!

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