This is a project intended to help Vyoma, a student with a mobility disability, keep dry in the rain and better access her school materials. This project’s goal is to design a motorized arm that will hold/store and deploy an umbrella through the use of controls that she can easily access. The desk Vyoma currently has attached to her motorized chair is also being modified by adding a compartment to store her laptop. This will give her the option to keep her laptop out of the way when she’s not using it as well as protect it on rainy days.
Gait Walker (Susala)
“Working on this project could be a great opportunity for EnableTech students to get exposure and be involved with a project that has been in progress at EnableTech for a couple of years. The end product could very well become a mobility device that becomes covered by insurance and in turn becomes a valuable resource for many people.
Currently the walkers and gait trainers sold and covered by insurance are not designed with input from people who use them and do not meet many needs of users. This device will have components that can improve a user’s gait, stamina and endurance while decreasing social barriers that impede interactions with others and access to opening doors and navigating activities like shopping. It will have features that have never before been available in the US market with some not available anywhere. The design is also unique in its ability to be more easily transportable than other devices on the market anywhere.
The project evolved out of my need for a better device and work done with EnableTech and Stanford’s Design the Future. People often stop me on the street wanting to know more about the device and wishing something like it was available in the US. They are excited to hear that there are plans underway to create one that will be hopefully covered by medicare.
I’d love to work with the EnableTech students to get a provisional patent application filed, have enough of a prototype and design created to have it for my use and to approach companies who already make rollators and gait trainers about buying the design so they can produce it and make it available widely. Of course, I’d like the students to be credited as co-inventors and to profit from any sales made.”
Edge Sensing (Daniel and Stanford)
Edge Sensing’s goal is to create wheelchair attachable sensing units that detect sudden changes in altitude, warning users with vision impairment of curbs, edges, and other changes in the path. The 3D printed modules attach to all four corners of the chair and release audio feedback when they detect changes. We are currently working on creating an easy-to-use centralized system and replacing the audio tones with haptic feedback in the wheelchair seat.
Handcycle Brakes (Bonnie)
The goal of our project is to enable Bonnie to safely brake her handcycle. Currently, she has access to an unreliable backpedaling method to slow down while cycling, but this method has a chance of disengaging, disabling Bonnie’s only method for braking. Due to Bonnie’s quadriplegia, she does not have access to traditional brakes, like the parking brake currently installed on the handcycle. We hope to modify the current braking system to actuate using input from her elbow or head to will allow Bonnie to safely and reliably brake.