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New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

For many disabled people, the only way to move around is by using a wheelchair. Those who cannot afford powered wheelchairs propel themselves with their arms, which often leads to fatigue, pain, and even permanent damage to arms and shoulders. In 2007, a group of mechanical engineering students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology decided that the wheelchair needed a new design. Amos Winter, now an MIT professor, came up with an innovative idea for a wheelchair propelled by...

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