An Israeli company has interpreted the phrase “reinvent the wheel” quite literally. Tel Aviv-based Softwheel has figured out a way to improve the wheel, making it possible for wheelchairs and bicycles to smoothly ride over bumps and even stairs, Reuters reports.
The company’s “Selective Suspension Technology” is activated when a wheel encounters an impact above a certain threshold. The wheel’s hub moves from its central location, creating a cushion effect that absorbs and lessens the impact to the rider.
Here’s the wheel in action:
The wheel makes it possible for someone in a wheelchair to comfortably ride down stairs.
Here’s a slow-motion of the wheel moving down a flight of stairs.
And another slow-mo.
Here’s the wheel letting a cyclist ride over bumpy stones.