How about a wheelchair that is also an exam table?

The chair seat has a latch at the bottom which helps convert it to a table that can hold up to 600 pounds. This means patients don't have to be lifted, even obese patients.

ZeroLift as chairIt's a wheel chair. It's an examination table.

Wait. It's both!

The Martin Innovations Zero-Lift (chair top, table bottom) is aimed at hospitals where non-ambulatory patients are examined regularly.

The chair seat has a latch at the bottom which helps convert it to a table that can hold up to 600 pounds. This means patients don't have to be lifted, even obese patients.

ZeroLift as tableAs a table it can be easily manipulated by a single operator into what's called the Trendelenburg position, with the feet higher than the head. Plus it can rotate 330 degrees.

The various parts of the chair-table measure 73 inches, unfolding over the base so the patient can be laid down flat.

Inventor Dr. Willis Martin is a dermatologist by trade, while his partner is Martin Zapata, a serial entrepreneur in the Raleigh, NC area. Most of Zapata's start-ups are built around technology from North Carolina State, where he serves as entrepreneur-in-residence.

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