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They’re Not Wheelchairs – They’re Personal Mobility Devices

WHILL

In San Carlos, CA there’s a company making personal mobility products that look suspiciously like wheelchairs. WHILL is a two year old startup, and they assure us that these mobility products are meant to be used by anybody.

On July 11 WHILL successfully closed a Kickstarter campaign with 252 total backers funding them well over their $30,000 goal to a total of $35,527. That was only the tip of the iceberg for the team, originally automakers and consumer electronics specialists from Japan.

They recently raised $6 million as part of an $11 million funding round according to a new SEC filing. This is also in addition to a hefty $1.9 million in seed funding they raised from Bridge Global Ventures, 500 Startups, Itochu Technology Ventures, KAMIA, MUFJ Capital, and the VegasTechFund.

These mobility devices are the real deal, coming complete with 4WD, attachable accessories, and there’s even a smartphone app in development. The team behind WHILL has a lot of ideas still to come, like remote controlling the device, and we’re excited to see what they roll out next.

 

 

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech Cocktail, based out America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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