Duncan Fitzsimons invented Morph Wheels, the world's first ever foldable wheelchair wheel. Here he talks about how the original idea for Morph Wheels came about. He also highlights just how useful a programme like Design Council Spark would have been to him when he started out as it gives a range of great advice, all in one place.
The folding wheel was originally conceptualised as a folding bicycle wheel by Duncan Fitzsimons when he was a graduate student at the Royal College of Arts in London. After receiving public attention and calls from the wheelchair community telling him that this concept would be invaluable to them, he redesigned it as a wheelchair wheel.
The Morph Wheel allows users to fold their wheelchair up into a much smaller, neater package, so it can fit into the overhead locker of an airplane, for example, or the trunk of a car.
Duncan points out that Spark would have been very useful for him. He emphasises that the crucial thing inventors need is a broad range of advice, and this is exactly what they get with Spark: the whole package.