TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 Winner Whill Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Its Personal Mobility Device


Whill, the mobility device maker that won the grand prize at TechCrunch Tokyo’s 2012 event, has launched a Kickstarter campaign that will raise funds needed to fine-tune the final version of its flagship product, the WHILL Type-A, and develop its companion app.

Though the Type-A was initially created as a wheelchair alternative, the startup, which was founded by former Sony, Olympus, and Toyota engineers, does not refer to it as a wheelchair because “we are focused on personal mobility for everyone,” director of business development Atsushi Mizushima told TechCrunch.

The Type-A, which received an Red Dot Design Award honorable mention for product design, has a turning radius of 28-inches, a four-wheel drive so it can handle a wide range of terrain, and incline capability of about 10 degrees.

If the Kickstarter campaign, which has already raised more than $10,000 out of the $30,000 it is seeking before July 12…

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