A team of top designers and technologists recently created a highly adaptable wheelchair design in an effort to allow people who use wheelchairs to be more self-reliant.
Known for designing spinoFLEX gait training products, Advanced Fitness Components has introduced "AbleChair," which is basically a wheelchair that's backed by a motor and works like a forklift.
The "AbleChair" comes with a joystick controller that enables the user to either continue sitting or easily change position.
The chair adopts a lift adjustment mechanism that the user can control via a companion smartphone app. Aside from a brushless motor that the AbleChair gets power from, there are Arduino controllers and sensors that combine together to facilitate a seated position or stretch out into almost a standing position.
If the user wants to change the angle of the seat, he/she can efficiently do it using the chair's tilt function. The function enables the user to change the angle of the seat from a moderate recline to a whole horizontal position. On top of that, users have the option of saving their preferred seating positions.
With the AbleChair, people who use wheelchairs can shift their position anytime they want. As a result, they experience lesser reliability in terms of mobility. Moreover, constant movement while sitting on a wheelchair also protects them from adverse health effects.
AbleChair enables people who use wheelchairs to interact with friends and family at eye level, reach a high-level cupboard, and even lower to pick something up.
With their muscles being stretched, people who use wheelchairs can effectively avoid a slew of health-related concerns such as ulcers. On top of that, this also boosts their blood circulation and improves their posture.
In terms of speed, the AbleChair offers speed limit settings, coupled with drive engagement levers and electromagnetic breaking. It can reach 24-32KM on a single charge of its twin 12 V batteries. Advanced Fitness Components has launched a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to promote the AbleChair and invite funding contributions.
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