Development of a Lightweight Adjustable, Modular Pediatric Wheelchair

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S050134
Agency Tracking Number: H133S040028
Amount: $74,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.133S-2
Small Business Information
1826 W Broadway Rd., Suite 43, Mesa, AZ, 85202
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Willems
 (480) 833-1829
Business Contact
 David Bonninger
Title: VP
Phone: (480) 833-1829
Research Institution
In Phase I, the project designed and constructed a prototype tilt-in-space wheelchair called the PALM (pediatric, adjustable, lighweight, and modular) that is specifically designed to meet pediatric needs. The goals of the Phase II project include: (1) to further refine the design of the PALM, (2) verifty functionality of the prototype through end-user testing and evalution on an Activities of Daily Living Course, and (3) conduct two-week take-home trials that allow for in-depth evaluation of the PALM in the natural environment of the end-user and allow parents and children to compare the PALM with the child's own wheelchair on a wide variety of dimensions. The final result is to create a tilt-in-space pediatric wheelchair that can meet the unique needs of a growing child, can provide all the desired features of an optimal daily-use pediatric wheelchair, and can also be manufactured at low cost so that it can be made widely available to the pediatric populations in the U. S. and international markets.

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