Development of a Lightweight Adjustable, Modular Pediatric Wheelchair

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$74,921.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H133S050134
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S040028
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
84.133S-2
Small Business Information
Three Rivers Holdings, LLC
1826 W Broadway Rd., Suite 43, Mesa, AZ, 85202
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Chris Willems
PD
(480) 833-1829
chris@3rivers.com
Business Contact:
David Bonninger
VP
(480) 833-1829
chris@3rivers.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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