Retired ITE lecturer created another genius contraption: A hoverboard wheelchair
Genius retired Institute of Technical Education (ITE) lecturer, Tan Ban Ho, is the creator of the two-seater e-wheelchair.
The 73-year-old first bought a S$600 unicycle in September 2016 to aid in his outings with his wife, who is wheelchair-bound.
Unicycle wheelchair innovation
However, in slightly over a year after getting his unicycle, Tan continued to improvise on his prototype to come up with a fully controllable two-seater e-wheelchair.
It turns out, Tan, who has knowledge of electronics, was not done.
He has also recently unveiled a hoverboard wheelchair that he put together by himself.
Tan’s inspiration for this device came from witnessing the difficulty seniors faced when using their hands to manually push their wheelchairs.
By attaching a hoverboard, the control of movement becomes intuitive and effortless as this modification allows the rider to easily manoeuvre the wheelchair by stepping lightly on the sensor pads, by tipping his or her toes or heels accordingly.