Wheelpower: Intuitive Power Assist for Collapsible Wheelchairs

(Caltech, ArtCenter College of Design)

Mathew Simon, Bailey DaCosta, Vasant Iyer, Surya Sundararajan 

Wheelpower: Intuitive Power Assist for Collapsible Wheelchairs

High percentages of caretakers suffer from intense pain due to the physically difficult of pushing clients in a wheelchair on a daily basis. While there are useful hybrid wheelchair assists that can be controlled by a person in a wheelchair, those assists cannot be used to aid a caregiver pushing a wheelchair. Sadly, the current market lacks a viable option to assist caregivers. Our product mitigates some of the pressure of caregivers while increasing caretaker autonomy through building a power assist that is designed with caregivers in mind.

 

 

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