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


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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