Low Force Wheelchair Handrim

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HD059334-01A2
Agency Tracking Number: HD059334
Amount: $105,037.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PHS2010-2
Small Business Information
DUNS: 001378343
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (505) 798-9818
Business Contact
Phone: (505) 798-9818
Research Institution
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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