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WHILL's combination of smart design and advanced technology takes personal mobility to the next level.

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*日本からのサポートも可能です!詳しくはページの下部をご覧ください。

What is WHILL?

WHILL is not a wheelchair and does not have FDA clearance as a medical device. WHILL is a personal mobility device for everybody.

 

WHILL is for everybody!
WHILL is for everybody!

 

Reliable Engineering

Team WHILL
Team WHILL

WHILL is created by engineers who worked at Japanese automakers and consumer electronics companies such as Nissan, Toyota, Sony, and Olympus.  Its smart design and advanced technology combined with years of experience building reliable products makes WHILL so unique in the industry that people often say they have never seen anything like this.

Award Wining Product Design

WHILL is a winner of Honorable Mention Red Dot Award Product Design 2014. 

WHILL received Bronze for 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition
WHILL received Bronze for 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition

 

WHILL Kickstarter T-Shirt

WHILL T-shirt
WHILL T-shirt

This is what our original WHILL T-shirt looks like. We are offering them in black and white. Each logo represents a supporter, individually contributing to WHILL's overall mission. Uniting our community to provide independence and style to transportation. Hope you like it!

WHILL x EZEKIEL Collaboration Kickstarter T-Shirt

WHILL x EZEKIEL Collaboration T-shirt
WHILL x EZEKIEL Collaboration T-shirt

 

EZEKIEL (www.ezekielusa.com) offered to collaborate on designing an exclusive t-shirt for WHILL's Kickstarter project! Perhaps seeing the synergy between our passion to create the next-gen personal mobility device to change the world and EZEKIEL's motto, ALL WE HAVE IS NOW.

"WHILL is an amazing company that their goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals while focusing on design of the product that the personal mobility industry has never seen. We are excited to collaborate and support WHILL in their KICKSTARTER to create the mobility device of the future that will change people's lives forever."

Danny Kurtzman, EZEKIEL Brand Manager

Omni Wheel for a Tighter Turning Radius

 

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WHILL's state of the art wheel technology allows a very tight turning radius of 28”. With this new technology users are now able to increase maneuverability in many different environments.

4WD for Excellent Terrain Coverage

WHILL can go over terrain such as grass with ease.
WHILL can go over terrain such as grass with ease.

 

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WHILL's four-wheel drive can handle several different surfaces such as dirt, grass, gravel, and light snow.  With its incline capability of about 10 degrees, you can now conquer large hills and other obstacles with ease. 

Software Integration

WHILL iPhone App
WHILL iPhone App

 

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WHILL offers the ultimate customization on your smartphone to allow total control and adjust it perfectly to your personal preference. The bluetooth connection also allows it to work as a remote control!

Intuitive Control

Mouse Controller
Mouse Controller

 

Ergonomic Controller
Ergonomic Controller

WHILL has a very intuitive controller located on the tip of the front arm. Users can choose from 3 different types of controllers: mouse, joystick, and ergonomic controller.  This will allow everyone to customize WHILL to better suit themselves and their specific lifestyles. The controller is interchangeable between right and left front arm. 

Easy Table Access

One of WHILL's unique features is the electronic seat sliding that allows for forward and backward movement. This provides easy table access and greater comfort. The control is located on the back of the arm rest.

Instant Arm Adjustment

WHILL’s Arms Positioned Up
WHILL’s Arms Positioned Up

WHILL’s arms can be moved back for easy sitting. When a user is seated, arms can be moved forward to their locked positions to start the device.

Compact Body

WHILL is compact enough to fit in a car
WHILL is compact enough to fit in a car

 

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With minimalism as our highest priority in design, WHILL Type-A is built to house powerful features and functions within its very narrow and small body. The device is only 23.6 inches wide and 32.5 inches long.

Back Lights for Good Visibility

Backlight
Backlight

WHILL has a built-in safety feature. Back lights are seamlessly designed into the rear wheel cover. These lights will light up when the device is powered on and will provide greater safety by creating a more visible device to warn bystanders and vehicles. 

Easy to Attach Accessories

Cup Holder Accessory
Cup Holder Accessory

 

Light Accessory
Light Accessory

WHILL's body frame is designed so a user can attach accessories such as cup-holders, flashlights, and smart phones.  

Backpack and Bag Hooks

Backpack Holder
Backpack Holder

There are hooks behind the seat where a user can hang a backpack or bags.

Specifications

WHILL is built to fit your body. 

 Adjustable Parts:

 Detailed Specification:

 

Recognition in the Online Sphere

 Links: Wired, TechCrunch, Cnet, GIZMODO, Mashable, THE VERGE, Silicon Valley Business Journal, CNBC.

Production Schedule

 

Why Kickstarter?

WHILL is currently at a stage where we are fine tuning our hardware. Although the hardware design is near completion, software integration is still at an early stage.

We are planning to use the funds generated through this campaign to develop a customized smartphone application for WHILL. The cost will cover mechanical engineering, electrical circuit design, software programming, application design, and user-interface design.

Succeeding to connect WHILL to your smartphone opens up an endless possibility of practical mobility solutions. Imagine being able to: remotely control your device, locate the nearest charge station, and digitally send user feedback along with your hardware diagnostic report!

 Special Kickstarter Edition WHILL Type-A

Kickstarter Edition WHILL
Kickstarter Edition WHILL

 

日本からの応援、お待ちしています!

下記の手順でサポートをお願いします。

 

必要があればここからアカウントを作成します。
必要があればここからアカウントを作成します。

 

右のサイドバーからお好きなPerksを選択してください。
右のサイドバーからお好きなPerksを選択してください。

 

出資金の入力画面になります。最初に、左下の“Change”のところを押してください。そして、金額を入力してください。 その後、確認画面が表示されます。
出資金の入力画面になります。最初に、左下の“Change”のところを押してください。そして、金額を入力してください。 その後、確認画面が表示されます。

次はAmazon Paymentで支払い画面へ移動します。

支払いはamazon.comになります。日本にお住まいだと通常はco.jpのアカウントしか持たれていないかと思いますので.comのアカウントを作る必要があります。したがって“I’m a new customer”をここでは選択してください。
支払いはamazon.comになります。日本にお住まいだと通常はco.jpのアカウントしか持たれていないかと思いますので.comのアカウントを作る必要があります。したがって“I’m a new customer”をここでは選択してください。

 

アカウント情報を登録してください。
アカウント情報を登録してください。

 

カードは日本のクレジットカードでOKです。
カードは日本のクレジットカードでOKです。

 

請求先住所も日本の住所になります。
請求先住所も日本の住所になります。

最後に確認をして終了になります。

Risks and challenges

Due to the extremely unique nature of developing a personal mobility device unlike anything that currently exists, the production process can be highly complex. Between the supplier, manufacturer, and logistics, there may be unforeseen changes in design and specs or delay in delivery schedule.

We are doing our best with a small but dedicated team. Since we started working on WHILL about 2 years ago, we have been working really hard to perfect the device so the world will truly change how it perceives personal mobility devices.

The support of the Kickstarter community is critical to make this a reality. Not only through backing us with funds but also by spreading the word about our movement to eliminate the negative stigma attached to personal mobility devices. We look forward to making it happen together!

Thank you.

Team WHILL

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    57 backers

    Special thanks and mention on our website!
    感謝の気持ちを込めてあなたの名前をホームページに載せます!

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    14 backers Limited (6 left of 20)

    Attend a test drive party event near WHILL HQ in Silicon Valley where you'll be able to experience WHILL Type-A on different surfaces.

    * Travel fee not included.

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    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    Visit our Tokyo R&D office and test drive WHILL Type-A.

    * Travel fee not included.

    東京のR&DオフィスでWHILL Type-Aのテストドライブができます!

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    59 backers Limited (1 left of 60)

    Limited WHILL and Ezekiel collaboration design T-shirt exclusively for KICKSTARTER. Comes in size XS, S, M, L, XL

    (Includes special mention on homepage)

    Kickstarter限定WHILLとEzekielのコラボレーションTシャツをさしあげます。

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    47 backers

    Limited WHILL T-shirt for KICKSTARTER. Comes in size XS, S, M, L, XL

    (Includes special mention on homepage)

    Kickstarter限定WHILLTシャツをさしあげます。

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    10 backers All gone!

    Visit our Tokyo R&D center and learn what goes on behind the scenes. This includes a 20 minute presentation and test driving WHILL Type-A.

    * Travel fee not included.

    東京のR&Dオフィスで開発現場の見学とWHILL Type-Aのテストドライブ、そして開発裏話を含めた約20分のプレゼンテーションを行います。

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    10 backers All gone!

    (Session #2 in Early October) Visit our Tokyo R&D center and learn what goes on behind the scenes. This includes a 20 minute presentation and test driving WHILL Type-A. * Travel fee not included. (第2回目10月上旬予定) 東京のR&Dオフィスで開発現場の見学とWHILL Type-Aのテストドライブ、そして開発裏話を含めた約20分のプレゼンテーションを行います。

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    10 backers All gone!

    (Session #3 in Late October) Visit our Tokyo R&D center and learn what goes on behind the scenes. This includes a 20 minute presentation and test driving WHILL Type-A. * Travel fee not included. (第3回目10月下旬予定) 東京のR&Dオフィスで開発現場の見学とWHILL Type-Aのテストドライブ、そして開発裏話を含めた約20分のプレゼンテーションを行います。

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    10 backers All gone!

    Visit WHILL HQ in Silicon Valley! Here you'll have the chance to look at the insides of WHILL with the engineers at our tech shop and have lunch with a couple of the team members. We can also give you our two cents on how to create a startup.

    (Includes special mention on homepage and Designer T-shirt)

    * Travel fee not included.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    (Session #2 in September) Visit WHILL HQ in Silicon Valley! Here you'll have the chance to look at the insides of WHILL with the engineers at our tech shop and have lunch with a couple of the team members. We can also give you our two cents on how to create a startup.

    (Includes special mention on homepage and Designer T-shirt)

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    2 backers

    Complete WHILL Type-A model (Includes Designer T-shirt and special thanks on website)
    * Sorry limited to USA and Japan only.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    SPECIAL KICKSTARTER EDITION WHILL Type-A. Color: KICKSTARTER Green and Black
    (Includes special mention on homepage and Designer T-shirt)* Sorry limited to USA and Japan only.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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