All parents can empathize with the challenges that both parents and
children face while dealing with a disability. So it is no coincidence,
that engineers at the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering, have
designed the Wizzybug – electric mobility buggy for disabled children under five.
Smart design makes buggy look less electric wheelchair and more a toy, so end result is that other children want to use it. The Wizzybug is also fitted with a towing hook
so that a trailer can be attached and towed. In evaluations of Beth
Institute, friends of the disabled children wanted using Wizzybug
saying, "I like your car, where did you get it from?".
Wizzybug incorporates suggestions from therapists and parents, and has top speed of two miles per hour.
The Wizzybug electric wheelchair weighs 31 kg (69 lbs), and features fully adjustable seating system with memory foam cushions. Wheelchair buggy has a programmable joystick and can be controlled either by the child or by a parent/caregiver. Wizzybug can be used both indoors and outside. Recommendation is to keep it on even grounds, but either way it
will enable young disabled children to explore and do the sorts of
things that other children are doing. Buggy is easy to adjust without
need of special tools and can be dismantled and carried even in boot of a smaller car.
It took Bath Institutes’s engineers three years to develop the Wizzybug. Buggy is already selling in UK, price ranges from $3,400 to $4000.
As Bath Institute is a charity, they want to reach rock bottom price,
to expand availability, so device is sold at cost. Unfortunately this
currently makes worldwide availability a question without answer.