Walking can be such a chore sometimes. You've got to move your legs. Ugh. It's unbearable. Now if you had this motorized wheelchair built from Lego Mindstorm parts, maybe that sprint over to the fridge to grab an ice cold beer wouldn't be so much effort.
Lego robot builder Simon "Burf" Burfield has built what he believes is the world's first motorized wheelchair. The 44 pound creation was created from six Lego Mindstorms NXTs, 12 Mindstorms motors, 12 Lego Mindstorms touch sensors, 12 Rotacaster mult-directional wheels and a "whole load of Lego Technic."
It's not the fastest wheelchair available, but where it falls short in speed, it makes up in carrying capacity. Burf says that his Lego wheelchair can carry a 90kg person (198 pound).
Right now, the wheelchair is driven by a four-direction joystick, but Burf hopes to get Bluetooth working so that it can be controlled by an Android device. Oh yes!
We'll take two, please!