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.
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’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.