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Teen makes a wheelchair for standing up

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2015-12-22 11:19

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His invention is a screw-based, motorized wheelchair transfer device using a reclaimed ATV motor and a battery pack that allows users to get in and out of wheelchairs by themselves.

“I saw that the people are always sitting and I wondered if there were health benefits if they could stand. So, I researched it and I found out that they get muscle atrophy and blood circulatory problems and pressure sores from always sitting. Then I researched standing wheelchairs and found that there are already standing wheelchairs available, but most of them are $8,000 to $10,000. So I wanted to build one that is cheap and affordable that anyone could buy”, the inventor explained.

“My original prototype was a crank with a pulley, then I motorized it,” Daniel said.

He tested the device, and right now it supports about 500 pounds.

“But I would like to change the body, the seat, from wood-based to, maybe, 3D-printed plastic”, Daniel said.

The whole chair costs between $400 and $500.

Adapted from: http://www.notimpossiblenow.com/lives/teen-invents-standing-wheelchair

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About the author

Daniel Anand, born in 2001, in USA, is taking a normal wheelchair and enabling it to stand. He was inspired by the people he visits in nursing homes.

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