WHILL Awarded 2018 “Red Dot: Best of the Best”
Model C recognized for top design quality and ground-breaking design
San Carlos, CA (April 10, 2018) – WHILL, today announced that their Model C won the “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2018 in the Healthcare category. WHILL received a Red Dot Award honorable mention in 2014 for the Model A, and this is the fourth design and innovation award WHILL has received in 2018, including: CES 2018 “Best of Innovation Awards;’ iF Design Award 2018; and selected as one of the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” of 2018 by Fast Company.
The Red Dot Award, established in 1955, has become one of the most recognized and sought after design awards in the world. This year, over 6,000 product applications from more than 59 countries were submitted and assessed by a panel of independent and international jurors who awarded a Red Dot to products with a high design quality with the most ground-breaking and best products of a category being awarded the “Red Dot: Best of the Best.”
“We’re honored to be consistently recognized by respected voices in the design community that recognize our goal of designing exceptional products that people love and enjoy,” said Satoshi Sugie, WHILL Co-Founder and CEO. “This is a reflection of the dedication of our team, as we strive to look beyond the conventions of mobility device design and challenge ourselves and the industry to consider new and dynamic solutions for the users.”
The Model C is a category-defining product, one that uniquely combines a sleek, fashionable design with advanced driving features, such as WHILL’s patented front omni-wheels for exceptional indoor/outdoor versatility, and embedded with the latest in wireless technologies to provide users additional peace-of-mind. Model C also disassembles into three components so that it can be transported easily.
The Model C will be presented in the Red Dot Design Museum, the largest museum for contemporary design. The “Red Dot: Best of the Best” gala will be held on July 9, 2018 at the Aalto-Theater in Essen Germany. Roughly 1,200 guests from all over the globe will be in attendance to celebrate the prestigious group of winners.
Since its founding in 2012, WHILL’s mission is to transform today’s antiquated power wheelchair and scooter experiences into a new kind of empowering device, an intelligent personal electric vehicle (EV). WHILL is reinventing the personal mobility industry with an Intelligent Personal EV that focuses on an approachable and aesthetically pleasing powered vehicle that boosts confidence and pushes the boundaries of personal transportation. Headquartered in the Bay Area with offices in Tokyo and Taiwan, WHILL is focused on enabling everyone to explore the world in comfort and style.
The WHILL Model Ci is only available in the United States and Canada and is not to be considered a medical device and has not been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for review or clearance. The WHILL Model C wheelchair is currently sold only in Japan.