Laddroller A unique standing wheelchair,
a groundbreaking mobility device made
in order to help tens of millions of wheelchair users worldwide.
We all know wheelchair users and we are aware of the
health complications they face because of their sedentary life. They
suffer from osteoporosis, they have circulation and respiration problems, they
even die from heart diseases and infections. For these reasons, they have to regularly
attend sessions of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, in order to get the mobility
they need or just to stand up because human body is designed to do so. On the other hand, motor disability causes
psychological side effects. These people have lost their autonomy, they strive to socialize and the most
important, they have lost eye contact with others.
That's why we invented laddroller, a
standing wheelchair that elevates the user by making use of the motion of the
wheels and only. When the 2 sets of wheels come closer to each other, the whole
geometry of the wheelchair changes and the user stands up instantaneously. Returning
to the sitting position is just gravity's job. Laddroller is selectively 4-wheel drive
and thanks to the placement of the bigger wheels in the front it is able to
overcome obstacles like steps, curbs and gaps. Its modular design makes it
easily portable in the trunk of a medium
car and it can be also propelled manually in case battery runs low. Laddroller is an entirely new, innovative
approach in mobility compared to the existing devices.
In October 2016 our team, with pilot the
Greek fencer Kelly Loufaki, participated in Cybathlon, the first bionic
Paralympic Games, organized by ETH in Zurich, where laddroller was amongst the
only 12 teams from all over the world that fulfilled the strict criteria to
race in the powered wheelchair discipline.
Laddroller has been also presented and rewarded
by the most prestigious institutions around the world as well as in major
mobility and rehabilitation trade fairs. We have a powerful intellectual property
portfolio with a recently awarded triple A PCT and we are already in procedures regarding our following
Laddroller has been proven every single
time a disabled user stood up using it during this 4 years project.
It ameliorates the lives of disabled
people and their caregivers;
Disabled users will access better the
labor market, they will save money on home modifications, health systems will
reduce their reimbursement costs; And these are only few of the measurable
impact laddroller creates.
We can't calculate though the impact of
eye-contact or a hug.
We strongly believe that societies prove
their level of civilization when they help their members in need and this is why we invented
laddroller, a life changing device, capable to promote health, create
independency and untethered mobility.
This time though we want you.
We want your support in order to participate
once again in the Cybathlon race which will be held in Zurich in May 2020 just
before the Olympics in Tokyo. We want you to become part of our team, we
want to know your point of view and we need your feedback for something this
unique as laddroller. A mobility device that will change the lives of millions
when it will be available, shortly after Cybathlon.
Support laddroller! Let's make it happen!
Risks and challenges
Our team is dedicated in research and development of laddroller for the
Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
last 4 years. The contrasted background of its members, is the key for success for this grounbreaking mobility device.
We managed to have and to maintain an outsider's novel approach to the
wheelchair's industry, having at the same time the knowledge to implement a successful business. We are driven by the passion of the pioneer and we have the ability to take decisions swiftly without loosing precious time.
Sometimes though this is not enough. Being a small unit, we lack the infrastructure and the power of the "heavy weights" in the mobility and rehabilitation sector.
For us at laddroller, with a minimum viable product in our hands, ready for our first production run, participating once again in Cybathlon in 2020 is a great deal.
That's why we need your support. Let's make it happen, together.