|Project Summary||Project Information|
A fully motorized wheelchair would meet any user need to travel up inclines. However, the transition from a manual wheelchair to a full motorized wheelchair is significant. Not only could it mean an order of magnitude cost increase, but it also means the user no longer needs to use his or her arms, which can translate to reduced strength and mobility.
As opposed to a full electric wheelchair, this project looks simply to assist the user going up or down an incline with a large difference in weight from a standard electric wheelchair. Ideally the design would have a battery and motors to apply a torque going up an incline, while using some of the energy from descending an incline to recharge the battery used. This is very much like the regenerative braking concept seen on some cars today, though understandably on a smaller scale.
The motivation for this project is rooted in personal relation. One team member is close to someone who is frequently in, though not confined to, a wheelchair, and in thinking of ways to alleviate some of the burden this creates, this was the solution that seemed most feasible and applicable.
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P16007 Fall-2015 Roster
|Alan Burger||Mechanical Engineering||Lead Engineeremail@example.com|
|Brenden Hoff||Industrial Engineering||Project Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brad Shumway||Electrical Engineering||Team Memberemail@example.com|
|Jason Zhong||Electrical Engineering||Team Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nicholas Brown||Mechanical Engineering||Team Memberemail@example.com|
|Dat Le||Mechanical Engineering||Team Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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