‘Explorer’ mobility chair, Bologna, Italy, 1995-2001

Made:
c.1995-2001 in Bologna
maker:
TGR Srl

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'Explorer' stair-climber mobility chair, a powered wheelchair with retractable caterpillar tracks that allow the user to climb stairs, manufactured by TGR Electric Traction Vehicle, Bologna, Italy, c.1995-2001

This ‘Explorer’ chair can climb stairs and move over other obstacles. It was one of the first of its kind. The chair is driven by a joystick, allowing the user to move forward and back. It automatically tilts when used on stairs, with the caterpillar-like tracks on the chair enabling it to grip and climb. The tracks span the distance between stairs. This is in contrast to later models where the wheels move independently. This chair was developed and manufactured by TGR in Bologna, Italy.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
2006-183
Materials:
metal, plastic, rubber, wood
Measurements:
overall (including pallet): 138.5kg
type:
wheelchair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • seating furniture
  • chair
credit:
RMS (Rehabilitation Manufacturing Services) Ltd
status:
Permanent collection

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