Wheelchair user at office work table

Wheeliy 2.0 is a foldable wheelchair designed to "blend in with the city"

Japanese startup studio Quantum has updated its innovative Wheeliy wheelchair, making it lighter and easier to use, as well as adding features including armrests that act as brakes.

Wheeliy 2.0 is an evolution of the original chair developed by Quantum in collaboration with medical and welfare equipment manufacturer Molten.

Person using Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Quantum has updated its Wheeliy wheelchair

The wheelchair features on the product design shortlist at Dezeen Awards 2022.

The chair is designed to be easy to use by both wheelchair users and the people who support them, with its reduced weight and simple mechanisms making movement and folding more straightforward.

Woman folding Wheeliy 2.0 chair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 is a foldable wheelchair

"Wheeliy 2.0 is a wheelchair that further evolves the concept of the previous model of achieving unrestricted mobility in society," Quantum said.

"Lightweight, in the eight-kilogram range, the new model has excellent mobility and reduces the burden of folding and carrying."

Row of four wheelchairs designed by Quantum
There are now four colour options

The chair uses magnesium for the main frame and carbon fibre for the wheels to achieve a weight reduction of approximately two kilograms from the original design.

Other upgrades include armrests that function as brakes when pushed down and footrests that can be lifted with a single movement.

Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair
The updates make the chair lighter and easier to use

Wheeliy 2.0 retains some of the key features of the previous model, including the yellow accents that help those unfamiliar with wheelchairs to operate it intuitively.

The colourful details provide a visual indication of how to hold and lift the chair stably, as well as aiding the folding process.

An increase from two to four colour options for the wheelchair's frame introduces greater choice to the range, allowing users to select a colour that suits their personal tastes.

The overall design language remains consistent, with the S-shaped frame, three spokes and yellow accents aiming to provide continued brand recognition.

Detail image of folding wheelchair
Yellow accents help those unfamiliar with wheelchairs to operate them intuitively

"Wheeliy 2.0 retains the core design of the previous model, but with an even greater focus on improving comfort when out and about," Quantum added.

"The design blends in with the city, making you want to go further and creating more comfort for the user and those who support the user."

Tokyo-based Quantum was founded in 2016 and creates new products and services through creativity-driven business development. The studio helps various companies and organisations with strategy and product development, as well as launching its own businesses as venture builders.

The photography is by Akihiro Kawauchi.

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Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
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Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum
Wheeliy 2.0 wheelchair by Quantum