It all began because of a single user’s voice: “I’ve even given up on going to the grocery store just two blocks away.” In 2010, this simple statement from a friend was the start of it all. He was a wheelchair user who did not like the negative attention he got while using his wheelchair in public.
He was seen as weak or ill, someone who needed the help of a large, imposing machine to help him get around. As a friend, we knew him to be amazingly independent, fun loving and very social. We wanted everyone to be able to see the true person, the person we knew. So we set out to create a mobility device that would help our friend. It allowed him to be himself and to do the things he wanted to with confidence and enthusiasm. A mobile device that would change the way he felt in public and one that would change how the public felt about him!
After a year of development, we not only gave our friend a revolutionary new vehicle, but we also exhibited our work at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The positive reaction from around the world was overwhelming. So, we realized that many people desired this kind of innovation and new found freedom in the mobility industry. We saw how meaningful what we were creating could be for people with mobility issues.
This is why we founded WHILL.
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