For Juan Ayala — a Chilean man born with cerebral palsy — life bound to a wheelchair no longer means a stunted view or trouble going to the bathroom. This is thanks to a new, motorized chair that elevates Ayala to an upright position, allowing for more practical day-to-day tasks and a new perspective on the world.

The Chilean company Kiron is responsible for giving Ayala the gift of standing up. With just a push of a button he can rise to near-full upright stature. The benefits, he says, are plentiful. He can now do everyday things like wash dishes and open windows. He also enjoys the added comfort of knowing he won’t be looked down at just because of his chair, something the company’s general manager says isn’t just a perk of the chair, but a pursuit.

“At a psychological level, the ability to stand has powerful characteristics,” said Juan Pablo Rodriguez to Reuters. “The chair does all the work and works with the simple locking mechanism for both the knee and trunk, which prevents the person from falling.”

The company’s deputy director Francisco Espinoza concedes Kiron’s chair makes use of existing technology, but he claims the way in which they leverage it — through a system they call “Get Up” — is unique. “We came up with the idea of manufacturing a wheelchair with a simple design,” he said, “to avoid the complications other standing wheelchairs have, so that everyone can own one.”

Get Up is currently available only in Santiago. Its starting price will be $1,600.