WHILL, Inc.

75-1, LVP1-204 Ono-cho, Tsurumi-ku, 230-0046 Yokohama
Japan
Telephone +81 45 6331471
Fax +81 45 6331472
sales.eu@whill.jp

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REHACARE 2018 hall map (Hall 6): stand A12

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REHACARE 2018 fairground map: Hall 6

Contact

Daisuke Otani

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.03  Electric vehicles and scooters

Electric vehicles and scooters

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.04  Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

Our products

Product category: Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

WHILL Model C

WHILL Model C is a category-defining product, one that uniquely combines a sleek, fashionable design with advanced driving features such as a joystick for precise maneuverability inside and patented front omni-wheels with two powerful motors to glide through rough undulating city streets as well as off-road terrain through without hesitation. With its modern design, the Model C challenges today’s conventions with a product that, due to its futuristic appeal, eliminates the stigma and adverse psychological impact that affects people who use mobility devices, The result is not just freedom of mobility, but freedom from the self-consciousness often associated with a wheelchair or scooter.

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Jul 31, 2018

UK AND ITALY DEBUT OF ‘NEXT GENERATION’ PERSONAL MOBILITY DEVICE

WHILL Model C, a new state-of-the-art personal electric vehicle, is set to disrupt the UK and Italy wheelchair markets

WHILL has recently announced the launch of their award-winning Model C in the UK and Italy markets. This expansion will strengthen WHILL’s mission to empower people to experience movement in a new, exhilarating way, and to change the culture and mindset of personal mobility around the world.

WHILL Co-Founder and CEO, Satoshi Sugie, said: “At the very heart of our design is the desire to create a product which eliminates the adverse psychological impact that affects people who use mobility devices. We have drawn on our design and engineering backgrounds to create the WHILL Model C, a next generation personal electric vehicle which not only provides freedom of mobility, but freedom from the self-consciousness often associated with a wheelchair or scooter.

“We’re excited to bring the product to the UK and Italy markets following success in Japan. It’s our intention to redefine the concept of personal mobility for people who use a wheelchair because of a disability or reduced mobility. We have created the WHILL Model C for those who are active, social and crave adventure.”

The WHILL Model C made its debut in Japan in April 2017, and the WHILL Model Ci, the non-medical version of the Model C, began sales in the US in January 2018 then in Canada in April of the same year.

WHILL plans to start accelerating European deployment in UK and Italy, and then expand to other European countries.

WHILL has been recognized for its innovation with a series of awards including the CES 2018 ‘Best of Innovation’ Award in Accessibility Tech and was an Engadget ‘Best of CES 2018’ Finalist. It was also crowned winner of world-renowned design prize, “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2018 in the Healthcare category and 2018 iF Design Award.

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Apr 10, 2018

WHILL Awarded 2018 “Red Dot: Best of the Best”

Model C recognized for top design quality and ground-breaking design

WHILL, today announced that their Model C won the “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2018 in the Healthcare category. WHILL received a Red Dot Award honorable mention in 2014 for the Model A, and this is the fourth design and innovation award WHILL has received in 2018, including: CES 2018 “Best of Innovation Awards;’ iF Design Award 2018; and selected as one of the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” of 2018 by Fast Company.

The Red Dot Award, established in 1955, has become one of the most recognized and sought after design awards in the world. This year, over 6,000 product applications from more than 59 countries were submitted and assessed by a panel of independent and international jurors who awarded a Red Dot to products with a high design quality with the most ground-breaking and best products of a category being awarded the “Red Dot: Best of the Best.”

“We’re honored to be consistently recognized by respected voices in the design community that recognize our goal of designing exceptional products that people love and enjoy,” said Satoshi Sugie, WHILL Co-Founder and CEO. “This is a reflection of the dedication of our team, as we strive to look beyond the conventions of mobility device design and challenge ourselves and the industry to consider new and dynamic solutions for the users.”

The Model C is a category-defining product, one that uniquely combines a sleek, fashionable design with advanced driving features, such as WHILL’s patented front omni-wheels for exceptional indoor/outdoor versatility, and embedded with the latest in wireless technologies to provide users additional peace-of-mind. Model C also disassembles into three components so that it can be transported easily.

The Model C will be presented in the Red Dot Design Museum, the largest museum for contemporary design. The “Red Dot: Best of the Best” gala will be held on July 9, 2018 at the Aalto-Theater in Essen Germany. Roughly 1,200 guests from all over the globe will be in attendance to celebrate the prestigious group of winners.

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Feb 6, 2018

WHILL Wins iF DESIGN AWARD 2018

 WHILL was a winner of this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, a world-renowned design prize. The winning product, Model C, an intelligent personal electric vehicle (PEV), won in the discipline Product, in the Medicine/Health/Care category. Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD.

The competition was intense: over 6,400 entries were submitted from 54 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality. Model C won over the 63-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world, with its power to eliminate the feeling of self-consciousness reflected in antiquated scooters and wheelchairs. The Model C is a category-defining product, one that uniquely combines a sleek, fashionable design with advanced driving features, and equipped with the latest technology, such as bluetooth, cellular data connectivity and GPS, for greater independence and peace-of-mind.

WHILL also received the CES 2018 “Best of Innovation Awards” in Accessibility Tech and an Engadget “Best of CES” finalist for their US version, Model Ci, and the iF Design Award recognition further demonstrates WHILL’s impact through innovation and smart design.

More information about Model C and Model Ci can be found at whill.jp and whill.us, respectively.

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About us

Company details

Mission statement:
Deliver Fun and Innovation to Pedestrian Travel

About WHILL
Since its founding in 2012, WHILL’s mission is to transform today’s antiquated power wheelchair and scooter experiences into a new kind of empowering device, an intelligent personal electric vehicle (EV). WHILL is reinventing the personal mobility industry with an Intelligent Personal EV that focuses on an approachable and aesthetically pleasing powered vehicle that boosts confidence and pushes the boundaries of personal transportation. Headquartered in Tokyo with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Taiwan, WHILL is focused on enabling everyone to explore the world in comfort and style.


Story:
It all began with a single user’s voice: “I’ve even given up on going to the grocery store just two blocks away.” In 2010, this simple statement from a friend was the start of it all. He was a wheelchair user who did not like the negative attention he got while using his wheelchair in public. He was seen as weak or ill, someone who needed the help of a large, imposing, unsightly machine to help him get around. As a friend, we knew him to be amazingly independent, fun loving and very social. We wanted everyone to be able to see the true person, the person we knew. So we set out to create a mobility device that would empower our friend, enable him to be himself and to do the things he wanted to with confidence and enthusiasm. A mobility device that would change the way he felt in public and one that would change how the public felt about him!

After a year of development, we not only gave our friend a revolutionary new vehicle, but we also exhibited our work at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. We were overwhelmed by the positive reaction from all over the world. We realized that many people desired this kind of innovation and new found freedom in the mobility industry. We saw how meaningful what we were creating could be for people with mobility issues.

This is why we founded WHILL.

Through ongoing development and production of Personal EVs, we will challenge today’s conventions and improve the personal mobility experience. As we do, we will redefine the perception of wheelchairs and their limitations through innovative design and advanced technology. Nobody should be limited because they don’t feel comfortable with how they move from point A to point B. We want every individual to be confident, comfortable and independent. Please view the YouTube video for more background.

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Company data

Number of employees

50-99

Foundation

2012

Economic field
  • Medical Trade / Health Care Supply Store, Orthopaedy handicraft
  • Assistive technology industry, Other industrial branches
  • Special Facility / Training Center / Workshop
Focus of supply
  • Daily living aids
  • Wheelchairs, vehicles
  • Mobility aids, walking aids
  • Travelling