Off-Road Wheelchair

Michigan Tech Students Develop Prototype Off-Road Wheelchair.

The AP (12/21) reports on the prototype Human-Powered Off-Road Wheelchair, developed by engineering students at Michigan Technological University to make the trails around the school more handicapped accessible. “The operator pulls back on the handlebars in a rowing motion to propel it at up to 4 miles per hour.” The AP describes the wheelchair’s design and some of the challenges the students encountered over the course of the project, which took about 140 hours of work from each student. Among the wheelchair’s features are “one-way bearings for zero rollback, a total weight of 55 pounds, a consistent color scheme for aesthetics, a suspension seat to minimize pressure points (and) the ability to accommodate a range of heights.”

Reposted from ASEE First Bell for 12/21/09

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