Reinventing the wheelchair for the 21st century is something that many startups and researchers have attempted to do.

The latest to take on this mobility challenge is the team behind AbleChair, a new smartphone-controlled wheelchair that’s able to transform into a range of different positions and configurations.

Deepak Vatti, vice president of AbleChair product development, told Digital Trends that the goal of AbleChair is to help increase users’ independence by giving them the means of mechanically supporting their body no matter the scenario.

“With its unique floating-chair design, users get the most flexible positions, contributing to their productivity, health, and independence,” Vatti said.

“Individuals who use power wheelchairs have specific needs including various positions for pressure relief and functional benefit.

The user can have eye-level conversations while strolling down the street.

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