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Standing Power Chair Featured As LEGO Idea

Could a highly detailed power wheelchair — complete with power standing function — be coming soon to a LEGO Store near you?

Power wheelchair made of LEGO bricks demonstrates its standing function.

This image from the LEGO Web site demonstrates the model's standing function.

Posted on July 4 to the LEGO Ideas Web site was a Permobil F5 Corpus VS power chair, designed by Anton Danielsson, a Permobil Lead Engineer who most recently was on the design team for the M Corpus VS, Permobil’s new mid-wheel-drive standing power chair.

“I am constantly inspired by the individuals who use wheelchairs,” Danielsson said in his LEGO Ideas post. “Their determination and problem-solving capabilities to overcome different physical limitations to fulfill their dreams amaze me every day. … With this build, I wanted to celebrate inclusivity by building a fully functioning Permobil F5 Corpus VS power wheelchair in LEGO. In so many ways, LEGO is the perfect match to make a high-functioning wheelchair re-creation because anyone and everyone can build with LEGO.”

The LEGO version of the F5 Corpus VS stands a little over 6 inches long, nearly 5 inches wide, and nearly 7 inches tall. It uses more than 400 LEGO pieces.

The model features functioning anterior and posterior tilt, standing, and an individual suspension for each of the four wheels. To make the model “as accurate as possible,” Danielsson said he included foldable armrests and footplates “which in reality would help the person when transferring.”

The LEGO Ideas Web site gives consumers the opportunity to create LEGO products they would like to see made available commercially. The next step in the process is amassing 10,000 “supporters” — members of the public who log onto the LEGO Ideas Web site and vote their approval for the concept.

Project ideas that reach the 10,000-supporter mark are then considered for commercial production. At press time, the LEGO F5 Corpus VS project had more than 1,300 supporters.

To read more about the project and add your support, visit the LEGO Ideas Web site.

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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at [email protected].

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