Mobility gear can be very expensive, and in that regard, the Firefly is a pleasant surprise, clocking in under US$2,000.
Walking the dog, popping out to the shops, going sightseeing … it’s not that wheelchair users can’t do these things, it’s just that they’re a pain in the butt. Or, more often, a pain in the shoulder or a case of carpal tunnel or RSI. Everything takes more planning when you’re in a chair – and if you’re not feeling super energetic, any trip further than a few hundred yards starts looking like a car ride.
That’s why this gadget looks pretty nifty to me. The Firefly, from Rio Mobility, is a freestanding electric handcycle that clips on to a wide range of wheelchairs in less than a minute, and turns them into mini power trikes.
The range is quoted at about 24 km (around 15 mi) per charge. That’s significant, as it brings most of the things an able-bodied person would choose to walk for into range. Taking a scooter arrangement like this lets you enjoy the outdoors a bit rather than being cooped up in a car.
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