The majority of us take the small steps up and down curbs, or in and out of buildings without a second thought. However, for more than 17,000 Australians who rely on electric wheelchairs to get around, even these small steps can cause huge problems.
This project aims to enable users to navigate kerbs and single steps by providing an affordable add-on attachment which can be fitted to the users existing chair thus providing the additional functionality without requiring the purchase of a whole new wheelchair. This will enable wheelchair users to more easily navigate public streets and many buildings throughout the world, further leveling the playing field and helping to build an inclusive society.
Current research and development is focused on producing a commercial-grade prototype for demonstration.
- Mobility 2000 Australia Ltd Partnership / Northcott Society
- PCT Publication No: WO2012/106756 “Step-Climbing Attachment for a Wheeled Chair”.