As the technology flourishes, it keeps on adding convenience to people’s life. Here is another incredible innovation “IndieGo” which would make the life much easier for those who use wheelchairs. IndieGo would give a high tech makeover to any manual wheelchair making mobility much easier. It is a device that converts any ordinary, manual wheelchair into a power wheelchair.
The device would fit into any type of wheelchair converting it into a power chair that fits the specific needs of every user. Whether it is fitted into a folding wheelchair or a rigid one, whether the user prefers using a joystick or switches, the IndieGo works equally well for every type of wheelchair and for every type of user. Moreover, the designers have taken into consideration that the device itself should be highly portable and according to them, it can easily fit into a car’s trunk and can be carried upstairs as well.
The idea of such a device was conceived by John Damiao, who is the director of Power Mobility Program at the Center for Discovery. John Damiao works with disabled people who use wheelchairs and the fact that the wheelchairs couldn’t often adapt to the specific needs of the users was frustrating for him. He was always looking for a way to improve mobility of his students by providing them with such wheelchairs which could fit to every user’s needs.
The project was finally made possible with the help of the assistive technologies department of Center of Discovery in collaboration with Hurleyville Maker’s Lab and was financed by Google.org which provided $1.125 million aid under its Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities program. The master minds behind the project are Jason Kean, Damiao and Mark McNamara. They are currently testing IndieGo for its high tech makeover among the residents of Center of Discovery and the device is expected to be made available in the market in 20017.
The creators of IndieGo are very much hopeful that the device would give a new meaning to mobility and accessibility. They say that the device would be available in market at a price of $1000 which is only 1/7 of the power chairs already available. This reasonable price makes it a practical solution for both the disabled individual buyers and for the rehabilitation centers.
They say that since IndieGo combines the traits of affordability, accessibility and portability, they are very much hopeful that it would come up as an all in one solution for the disabled. By giving ordinary wheelchairs a high tech makeover, the IndeiGo can be used as a tool for long distance travelling, recreational tool for moving around in malls or for learning neuro-motor rehabilitation. It can fit the needs of as many individuals as possible.