THE HISTORY OF THE CHAIR ON WHEELS
1655 The master watchmaker Stephan Farffler from Nuremberg, paralyzed since a fall in childhood, develops the first "self-propelled wheelchair".
1869 First patent for a wheelchair, filed in the USA in 1873. At the World Exhibition in Vienna, the wheelchair is presented as luxury furniture for well-heeled and obese fair visitors: They are guided through the fair by servants.
2010 A major study conducted by the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences reveals the poor quality of many wheelchairs: users are additionally hampered by wheelchairs in everyday life.
FROM CHAIR ON WHEELS TO LUF MOBIL
2017 LUF presents three versions of the LUFmobil, which was developed in four years of research and development work. They are no longer mere aids for overcoming distances, as they have been since 1655. The motorised and all-terrain LUF mobil open up new dimensions of mobility, participation and quality of life for paraplegics.
„TECHNOLOGY HAS TO SERVE PEOPLE”
is the credo of Bruno Walter, owner, managing director and chief developer of LUF Ltd. The life-threatening danger of rescue workers in tunnel fires led to the development of the LUF (fire-fighting support vehicle). Through its use, people could be rescued in countless fires, emergency forces secured and damage and consequential costs amounting to many millions of euros avoided. Bruno Walter developed the LUF Mobil so that people could not only be helped in the event of major disasters, but also people with restrictions in their everyday lives.