Mobility Goes Electric
In 1950, Canada’s Department of Veterans Affairs asked Dr. George Klein at the National Research Council to build a better motorized wheelchair. Klein redesigned an American wheelchair motor and mounted it on an adapted Everest and Jennings chair. A joystick allowed veterans with limited upper body movement to operate the chair. The government gave Klein’s prototype to the U.S. government for sharing with American manufacturers as the best way to commercialize it. Was this the best way?