Taleb was diagnosed with polio at the age of four and has been confined to a wheelchair for the 43 years since. His solar-powered chair design was funded by Masdar, a company in the UAE that focuses on renewable energy and clean technology. Masdar is known for its ambitious projects: Taleb's previous expedition kicked off at Masdar City, Masdar's ongoing project to create a zero-carbon, sustainable community. The chair can travel at maximum speeds of 9-12 mph. Its solar panels, in addition to charging four 20-watt batteries, provide the rider shade from the sun's power-giving rays.