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Nike Wheelchair



Based on Nike's philosophy, making a Nike wheelchair to Paraplegics,

disabled people who cannot walk is suitable for expanding the market, to

deliver the message of giving encouragement to those who needed, not just by making it look sporty, stylish, and with advanced technology.


Besides, the design of wheelchairs usually consider less aesthetic but more

on function. Designing a good-looking wheelchair can let people using

wheelchairs to gain happiness from mental, it also can break down other

people's prejudice to the disabled.

Design Brief


Target group

Paraplegic - disabled people who cannot walk, but they are

interested in staying active, like to play sports, starting out,

amateurs but enthusiastic for sports


Age group

Teenagers to 20 - 40 years old adult



Affordable by middle income to high-income people

(Current wheelchairs cost around 4000 to 7000 HKD)



Mostly city life

Sports ground and everyday use (because wheelchairs are a

one time buy, so it is not efficient to have 2 to 3 wheelchairs

for different purposes



Short back seat, tilted wheels. curved mudguard with black

screen attached to control the movement, shiny-finishing

Existing Products Analysis


Site Vist's location and purpose

Just Med, Mong Kok.

Experience using a real wheelchair to understand problems in current models



Seat too straight

Some of the seats are too wide

User’s arm might hurt as they get stuck on the back handle

Wheelchair dimensions: 

Width: 16 inches, Height: 24 inches, Entire height: 37.5 inches Wheel thickness: 3 cm

Side handle might hurt hand when turning the wheel

For the design consideration - omit the handle or make the seat narrower

Front-wheel is necessary for all types of wheelchairs

Most of the folding mechanisms are the x type

Existing Products Analysis

Research - Taobao wheelchair observations

Problems: tall user (180 cm)

The bottom part of the seat too long can be shorter

The seat can be more towards the front for active posture

Wheel placed too low that the user has to bend the body to reach and turn the wheel


Problems: short user (153 cm)

Too wide that the arm could not move freely

Handle hurting, back seat hurting

Too much effort to reach the wheel grip

Design Consideration

The seat should be Ergonomic

Mudguard is needed to protect the arm

Front-wheel is needed

Use X type folding mechanisms

The seat can be shorter and narrower

The seat can be more towards the front for active posture

Making Process

Final Work

A project by Swasti SETHI, Sophia TSE,Denissa VITTIE,

TSE was in parts of research, ideation, model making.

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