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Mobility Scooters: Their Past, Present and Future

Throughout human history, there has been a need for mobility equipment. People have always had accidents that make getting around difficult, been born with conditions that compromise their mobility or have encountered trouble with moving around easily as they have gotten older. Today, thousands of Australians find themselves in need of mobility scooters - and there has never been a more promising time for the technology. Indeed, mobility scooters have come a very long way; much like incontinence products, today's scooters are more versatile and easy to use than they have ever been before. When sitting still just isn't an option - when you want to continue living life on your own terms - modern equipment can help tremendously.

The beginning of the Mobility Scooter

Wheelchairs were the precursors to modern mobility scooters, and were being used as far back as the 16th century. Those devices were mostly used as a practical means of transporting incapacitated individuals around, and did little - if anything - to encourage individual mobility. In 1932, the first folding wheelchair was introduced; the lightweight construction and more transportable nature of the device represented a major turning point in the world of mobility equipment. More importantly, the first powered wheelchair roared to life in the year 1950. From there, the road to the modern mobility scooter was firmly set; advancements came one after the other, culminating with the invention of the first bonafide mobility scooter in the late 1960s.

Unlike wheelchairs, mobility scooters were designed not only for people who were paraplegic, but for anyone who had difficulty with remaining on their feet for prolonged periods of time. Mobility scooters represented a promising new future for elderly people who, in the past, had resigned themselves to lives confined in nursing homes and other out of the way places. Since those early machines, scooters have become incredibly sophisticated; many feature rechargeable batteries and can travel for tens of miles before running out of power. Unlike their bulky predecessors, these devices are streamlined and attractive, and often become relied upon parts of countless people's lives.

What the Future Holds

Today, some truly amazing advancements are being made in the world of mobility scooters. Engineers are working on mind controlled models that will practically become extensions of people's bodies; other intriguing new scooters include navigation capabilities that are enhanced by GPS and even wireless Internet connections that make them more sophisticated than ever before. These and other innovations demonstrate how closely linked emerging technology and mobility scooters really are - and how much those rely upon them can stand to benefit from these exciting inventions. All around Australia and the world, thousands of people have already improved their lives through technology; today's mobility scooters continue that proud and exciting tradition.

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