A SCOTS wheelchair inventor has come up with an invention designed to make independent travel easier for wheelchair users – by not having to rely on someone else having to take charge of a suitcase.
Andrew Slorance has been a wheelchair users since a spinal injury as a child. And he believes he has solved the challenge of carrying a suitcase as well as manoeuvring a wheelchair, with his new invention: the Unstoppable gear and travel bag.
Slorance – the designer behind the Carbon Black wheelchair, now on permanent display at the National Museum of Scotland – has formed a new company, Phoenix Instinct, after leaving Carbon Black in 2015.
He said his new product could bring travel independence to wheelchair users all over the world, but it wasn’t an easy task to create.
He said: “It couldn’t just be a case on wheels that the wheelchair users tows along. The wheelchair user needs to be able to turn 360° on the spot, go backwards, up slopes, over curbs. I knew the design had to follow the wheelchair users perfectly and remain in sync with how the wheelchair moves.“
Slorance hopes his design will not only offer travel independence but will solve the wider problem of how a wheelchair user independently moves heavy bags in sport, shopping and leisure.
The Unstoppable gear and travel bag is now on sale and has been selected as an exhibit at the newly-opened Scotland House in London.
Andrew is available for interview and high-resolution images are available.
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