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a helping handle

Shared by PHMG1 on 2023-01-31 20:16

About the solution

This solution was designed for quickie wheelchairs. These wheelchairs have a mechanism to rotate the armrest backwards and exit the wheelchair sideways but such mechanism can only be used with two hands. Upon assembling the product, it can be attached to the wheelchair and allows for one-handed usage of the mechanism. To do so, it locks the default system's handle in place once the handle is pressed and releases it again once a hook is pulled. This solution allows easier exit of this type of wheelchairs for one-handed users and can be adapted to other use cases.

The instructions section contains a description of how to recreate the solution's parts.
All files are published under the licence CC BY-NC 3.0. This means: the solution can be freely modified and redistributed for non-commercial usage.
https://vimeo.com/794614614

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

We are a group of students who developed this project together with a caretaker centre and a specific client. The client is half-paralyzed but has full control over his other hand. The physiotherpist at the caretaker center assessed the solution to be reliable and safe, but no official guarantee or licence was obtained. The client uses the product continuously and is content with its usage both in daylight and without vision.

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