TopChair - Our Weelchairs
Accessibility and Autonomy !
The basic concept of the TopChair-S ® stair-climbing wheelchair is simple : it climbs stairs going backwards and goes downstairs forwards, while the seat always remains horizontal to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. This animated film will help you better visualize just exactly how it works.
Now, with the help of TopChair, going up and down stairs with a wheelchair is no longer a dream. A sophisticated system of infrared monitors detects the first and last steps and positions the wheels appropriately – completely automatically. Very easy to use, the wheelchair uses a standard joystick and only requires pushing one button to go into stair-climbing mode.
The TopChair-S® wheelchair can be used by any person with limited mobility (*) who up until now has not been able to go out because of a few steps in their way, in order to:
- Go shopping
- Go to work
- Visit with family and friends
- Go to school
One of the many advantages of the TopChair-S® stair-climbing wheelchair is that it can, in most instances, be used without the need for any modification of buildings, or for another person to be there to help.
However, if the user is unable to operate the chair by themselves for any reason, assistant controls can be installed to allow safe and east operation by a third party.
(*) – up to a weight limit of 110 Kg
Our TopChair-S® wheelchair has an infrared detection system on board that continuously checks the angle of the seat and adjusts the actuators to ensure it is always horizontal.
The infrared system also checks the position of the wheelchair relative to the axis of the stairway. When the wheelchair exceeds a certain sideways angle, the system automatically halts the caterpillar track causing the problem. By subsequently briefly pushing the joystick forward, the system activates the appropriate track and straightens the wheelchair.
Finally, this control system checks the speed at which the user is going up or down the stairs. When the speed exceeds safe operating limits, the system stops the caterpillar tracks, indicating to the user he / she must slow down.
You can find more details about TopChair-S® on the following documents :