Graphene, usually used as material in making aircraft and concrete because of its strength, is now being used to make one tough wheelchair. Küschall, Swiss wheelchair manufacturing company, has created the Superstar, a wheelchair that is built using the one atom thick form of carbon, according to New Atlas.
Küschall says Superstar was created using computer-aided design tools and will be produced in collaboration with Formula 1 manufacturers. Each customer will receive a custom-made wheelchair to ensure it perfectly fits their wants and needs. The chair will also be 30 percent lighter and 20 percent tougher than carbon wheelchairs.
“Superb power transfer through the entire frame will mean the Superstar responds rapidly with every movement, combined with impressive road dampening properties, the Superstar will provide an effortless glide anywhere you go,” the company said in a press release.
The X-shaped geometry is said to increase performance and promote correct posture in order to help reduce upper body injuries. Additionally, the chair has an integrated seat cushion and customized backrest that can be easily adjusted. On each side of the footplate, and near the backside, is an LED light built frame. Mudguards also help shield splatter from wheels splashing through rain or rough terrain.
As of now, it hasn’t been said when production will start on the Superstar.