Genny™ was born from the intuition of Paolo Badano, businessman who, due to a banal road accident, has been living for over twenty years with his wheelchair. Following the accident, over the years, Paolo looked for a way to improve his daily mobility, but without finding anything able to make him break away from the usual schemes. The four-wheelel wheelchair not only seemed constraining and often aesthetically arguable, but had a clearly obsolete technology as well.
Only in 2009 Segway pt, a self-balancing ride equipped with only two wheels conceived by Dean Kamen and produced by Segway inc., drew his attention. Being Segway a device which imposes on his user the standing position, Paolo’s idea was to make this technology available to the “seated people” (definition often used by Paolo to define motor disability).
So Genny™ was born, his first ambitious project, having as primary obligation to ensure the safety of his user. For over two years Paolo has been working on this new technology, dealing with the problems that came up every day. His decision to use Segway’s technology and the experience of world-renowned designers in the field of robotic made the difference, leading the project to an undisputed success and succeeding in creating the world first two wheel self-balancing chair. Today Genny™, thanks to the official partnership with Segway inc., has become reality. Thanks to hers advanced technology Genny™ breaks forever the mould, bringing every hindrance down, whether architectural or psychological.
Genny™ is functional as well as beautiful to see. One of the objectives that Paolo set from the beginning of his “adventure” was to carry on, with this idea, a completely new and ambitious concept: connect the word “design” to the word “disability”. Genny™’s design wants to shift the interlocutor’s focus from the problem of the reduced mobility to the charm linked to the means used. Together with the autonomy, this new interpretation can be fundamental to the complicated path toward disability integration.