Zack Nelson, better known as JerryRigEverything on YouTube, is known for testing out the durability of smartphones, looking at drones, and creating other cool stuff.
Cambry Kaylor, Zack’s partner, is a regular contributor to his channel. In 2005, she had an equestrian accident which led to her being paralyzed from the waist down. But with his help, her injury doesn’t hold her back.
In 2018, Zack basically stuck two electric bikes together and placed a seat in the middle. When they realized how comfortable and efficient it was, they got hard to work on The Rig; an electric, adaptive off-roader.
“The toughest challenge when developing Not-A-Wheelchair is the price.We wanted to create something that is affordable for everyone.
Finding quality components, and a simple enough design at the cheapest price possible took quite a bit of time,” Zack said to BoredPanda.“But I think we have something now that everyone will be able to enjoy, at a fraction of the cost of other ‘off-road wheelchairs’ currently on the market.
However, it still requires a fair degree of ‘upper body strength and hand strength to operate just about as much strength as it takes to maneuver a normal pedal bike. Moreover, coordinating the throttle, brakes, and the steering does require full cognitive and decision-making ability.
The chair is apparently near-silent, meaning Cambry can ride next to the group and still join in with all the talking with everyone else. It’s capable of speeds of 12mph, with a range of about 10-20 miles. ‘Our whole goal is to provide something that is capable and affordable,’ according to the website.
The Rig isn’t the only invention Zack has made for his wife. When they got married, Zack used the titanium from Cambry’s first wheelchair to make his wedding ring.
“I love it. I think it’s super unique. And I thought when I first started dating that my wheelchair would deter people from dating me. I never thought it would be something someone would want to put in their wedding ring,” Cambry said.