Reinvention: The Folding Wheelchair Morph Wheel

The Morph Wheels. A folding wheelchair, complete with folding wheels.

The Morph Wheels. A folding wheelchair, complete with folding wheels.

I love technology. It is something that speaks to my inner child and that sense of excitement and pure wonder over discovery. It speaks to me of your influences, your outlook on life and the experiences that surround you. It is, in essence, an extension of your very self. A question to which you seek an answer and the journey is what is your reward.

So I was pleased to see a report on Duncan Fitzsimmons, a graduate of the Royal College of Arts in London, who went and invented the folding wheel. The Morph Wheel was designed to address the problems of owning a wheelchair and its mobility. Anyone who owns a bike knows that to transport a bike in a car is hard enough. Add to that the fact that the person in the wheelchair might have to get in a car or taxi by themselves.

It is a royal pain in the ass.

What was even more pleasing was seeing Duncan’s mentor, David Constantine, a celebrated campaigner for the betterment of the lives of those in wheelchairs. He should know: he’s in one himself. Which sort of goes to show you the beauty of meeting a person: every person is a book waiting to be read. Some are a little harder to crack open but others invite you in and, in Duncan’s case, change you and your life goals.

This reminds me of a person I met last year who was in a wheelchair. When we met, he politely took off his glove to shake my hand. It was a glove that was hardened and caked with dirt from just rolling his wheels for such long distances. We had talked about life and the limitless possibilities. As we parted our separate ways, he went to take off his glove again, I took my ungloved hand and shook his gloved one.

I was just honored to have shaken that brilliant man’s hand. Although he never said so at the time, I later found out that he had wheeled himself in his wheelchair from Austria all the way to Jerusalem, something he never mentioned in our conversation. 

And just like that, a person can change you. And because of that, there is an easier way for people in wheelchairs to deal with space issues at home, in a car, on a train.

If you want to check out the interview, you can find it here.

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