Whirlwind Wheelchair puts users in the center of the design process. As such, the RoughRider has evolved out of the most common user needs we found. This is the first installment in a series that highlights some of the design features that make the RoughRider a dynamic chair. So what makes the RoughRider a different
Whirlwind Wheelchair puts users in the center of the design process. As such, the RoughRider has evolved out of the most common user needs we found. This is the second installment in a series that highlights some of the design features that make the RoughRider such a dynamic chair. So what makes the RoughRider a
Christian Bremer and Erik Ohlson, Master’s students in Industrial Design Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden, spent four weeks last fall in Whirlwind’s workshop at San Francisco State University with our technical team. As part of their Master’s thesis, Christian and Erik developed Walter - a rigid frame wheelchair for developing countries
Double Drum Test of an early RoughRider Whirlwind is hosting the International Organization for Standards – ISO - (wheelchairs) Working Group Meetings from June 3 throug June 7, 2013 at San Francisco State University. The Working Groups comprise representatives of industry and consumer groups who work to develop and design manufacturing standards for manual and power
Whirlwind’s co-founder, Ralf Hotchkiss was interviewed in December by San Francisco’s KGO radio. Check out the clip and find out why he hasn’t tipped forward out of his RoughRider’s® in ten years.
An aunt and father in in Indonesia and a man in Haiti who received Whirlwind RoughRiders through our Buy One Give-One program For every RoughRider® purchased through the Sell 2 Give 1 (S2G1) [formerly Buy One – Give One ] program, Whirlwind will see that a second is provided through our local partners
Dennis, back in the classroom, where he teaches a Hunter Education class at a middle school in Billings, Montana. An avid hunter, Dennis Hein, 56, enjoyed getting outdoors in Billings, Montana. For several years, he shared his enthusiasm for hunting by teaching a Hunter Education class in one of the local middle schools. But, a
Ralf Hotchkiss teaches a wheelchair design and fabrication class at San Francisco State University and enlists the help of students in continually improving wheelchair designs for the developing world. Read The Story Here.
We have met some great people through our partnership with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Wheels for Humanity in Jogja, Indonesia and our manufacturing partnership with PT Dharma in Jakarta. Recently, Indriyanto and Maria (at right) joined the Whirlwind team to help with engineering and sales. Indriyanto’s background in large-scale manufacturing adds a unique body of
What wheelchair is best? Can be determined differently by many people. Some riders request increased access to generally inaccessible areas. Others prefer comfort. Some require specific seating to better personal health. Many fall somewhere in between the three. In order to maximize one’s potential, regardless of physical ability, a wheelchair is most valuable when it