SMART POWER ASSISTANCE MODULE FOR MANUAL WHEELCHAIRS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$459,527.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43EY014490-01
Agency Tracking Number:
EY014490
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AT SCIENCES
AT SCIENCES, 5628 PHILIPS AVE, PITTSBURGH, PA, 15260
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
EDMUND LOPRESTI
(412) 687-1181
ATSCIENCES@EARTHLINK.NET
Business Contact:
RICHARD SIMPSON
(412) 901-1045
ATSCIENCES@EARTHLINK.NET
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to use power assistance as the basis for a Smart Power Assistance Module (SPAM) that provides independent power assistance to the right and left rear wheels of a manual wheelchair. The SPAM will detect obstacles near the wheelchair, and modify the forces applied to each wheel to avoid obstacles. For individuals with visual impairments that are unable to walk with a long cane or walker, the SPAM will provide safe travel by assisting the user to avoid obstacles. This research will build on the investigative team's previous experience with power assistance for manual wheelchairs and obstacle avoidance for power wheelchairs and rollators. Extensive outside evaluation of the SPAM will be provided throughout the course of the project by clinicians active in wheelchair seating and mobility.

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