Low Force Wheelchair Handrim

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$105,037.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43HD059334-01A2
Agency Tracking Number:
HD059334
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
NICHD
Solicitation Number:
PHS2010-2
Small Business Information
NEXTEK MOBILITY CORPORATION
NEXTEK MOBILITY CORPORATION, 4909 PASEO DEL NORTE D, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 87113
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
001378343
Principal Investigator:
BROCK ROBERTS
(505) 798-9818
BROCK@NEXTEKMOBILITY.COM
Business Contact:
FRANKLIN ROBERTS
(505) 798-9818
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Many surfaces can be difficult for manual wheelchair users to negotiate. Carpets, lawns, door thresholds, loose soil, etc. can make manual propulsion challenging. These surfaces can be especially troublesome to the many wheelchair users that have low strength, or are elderly, or have wrist, shoulder, elbow pain or injury. The exercise of self-propulsion is very important to the long-term heath of wheelchair users. Nextek is pursuing a lightweight, unobtrusive, and inexpensive manual wheelchair wheel with a low force handrim that may help users negotiate these troublesome surfaces. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The Low Force Wheelchair Handrim could provide manual wheelchair users with a mechanism that improves their ability to self-propel over challenging surfaces.

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