New York Patent of the Month – September 2022

The first self-propelled wheelchair was invented in 1655 and has continued to be improved upon ever since. As our available technology grows, innovators have attempted to adapt the wheelchair. We have seen motorized designs and attempts at better ergonomics but JetWeels, Inc. has decided to tackle a different limitation. 

Airports and secure areas use metal detectors to try and prevent weapons from getting through. But what happens when wheelchair users are using a fully metal mobility device? The truth is, typical wheelchair designs don’t meet the needs of our current world. For this reason, JetWeels focused on designing a nonmetallic wheelchair that maintains all the needs of a user.

Their design uses polycarbonate plastics and transparent aesthetics to optimize visibility for security screenings. But material isn’t the only consideration. The overall chair width is designed to roll right through the standard metal detector allowing the ability to pass through without triggering the alarm. In a world demanding eco-friendly solutions, the company left no stones unturned. Through extensive R&D, they identified a completely 100% recyclable material, ensuring they met both durability and sustainability. 

The company has committed themselves to empowering those traveling with a disability and to support travel companies in their bid to provide them with an experience they can be proud of. Travel isn’t the only application though. Without any metal at all, the chairs are MRI and X-ray friendly as well.

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