Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Add Power to Manual Wheelchair

Great attachment for a manual wheelchair making it a power chair. Looks a bit bulky for daily use, though the video (below) shows the user coming out of a van. It seems like its utility would be for occasional use or for amusement parks such as Disney or national parks with paved or hard pack trails. It would allow individuals for whom a manual chair is great for every day use to have greater access to these resources.

"Here is a video demonstration of the "Quadster" wheelchair assist device invented by Franklin Butts and David Gowan of Auburn University. This versatile device easily attaches and detaches to a variety of manual wheelchairs to provide the option of an easily controlled electric assist motor. Contact the Auburn University Office of Technology Transfer (ott@auburn.edu) for technology and licensing information."

Via Wheelie Catholic

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