Levers. This new ‘lever’ propelling feature for wheelchairs isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We saw it first in the Wijit, and now it’s becoming a godsend to people in wheelchairs all around the globe.

The Leveraged Freedom Chair, a brand new inexpensively-designed wheelchair made for developing countries, is opening up the world to people with disabilities, enabling them to move independently in their communities and towns (in many cases) for the very first time.

The Leveraged Freedom Chair was designed by Amos Winter, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT. While he himself isn’t a wheelchair-user, he became inspired after doing master’s work in Tanzania (and working with the Whirl