About this project
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 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 Kickstarter 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
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
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'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.
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!
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 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.
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
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
WHILL's body frame is designed so a user can attach accessories such as cup-holders, flashlights, and smart phones.
Backpack and Bag Hooks
There are hooks behind the seat where a user can hang a backpack or bags.
WHILL is built to fit your body.
Recognition in the Online Sphere
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
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!
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