A UNIVERSAL CANOE SEATING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$629,438.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2R44HD036944-02A1
Award Id:
60717
Agency Tracking Number:
HD036944
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
BENEFICIAL DESIGNS, INC. (Currently BENEFICIAL DESIGNS INC)
BENEFICIAL DESIGNS, INC., 1617 WATER ST, STE B, MINDEN, NV, 89423
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PETER AXELSON
(775) 783-8822
PETER@BENEFICIALDESIGNS.COM
Business Contact:
(775) 783-8822
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Recreation is a primary factor in the quality of life of people with disabilities. Paddle sports are one of the fastest growing recreational activities. Current canoe seating products cradle the paddler in a flexible fabric or plastic bucket but do not provide the stable base of support required for efficient, independent and equal participation by users with movement limitations. The universal canoe seating system will support the pelvis, torso and legs creating a stable base of support that will increase upper body function, balance, endurance, strength and movement efficiency. Technological innovations will mechanically link paddler and canoe, enable personal cushion use and enhance the function and effectiveness of paddlers with movement, strength, balance, positioning or endurance limitations. Phase I results demonstrated enhanced paddler strength, comfort and balance without compromising safety. Phase II user testing will demonstrate the functional benefits of the seat through comparative measures of fit, support, user satisfaction, paddling strength and endurance. The durability and safety of the seat will be established through strength and load testing. With the new seat, individuals, outdoor recreation programs, rental companies and outfitters will have a system that enables safe, effective and equal canoeing opportunities for people of all abilities.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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