P17007: Motor-Assisted Wheelchair 2.0


Project Summary Project Information

Problem Statement:

A Motor Assisted Wheelchair (MAW) provides a user the benefits of an electric wheelchair, such as the ability to traverse inclined pathways or move at economically quick paces without losing his or her breath, while retaining the wheelchair's ability to move through doors or other corridors. A previous prototype of this device was developed by Senior Design Team 16007, which needs to cost less, weigh less, and provide greater power.

The goal of this project is to analyze and modify the current prototype by identifying opportunities to make the additional device lighter, more compact, easier to operate, and more energy and cost efficient. The expected result is a functioning prototype capable of meeting all customer requirements which can then be marketed to companies and have a competitive advantage in the market.

Project Name
Motor Assisted Wheelchair
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Start Term
2161 - Fall 2016
End Term
2162 - Spring 2017
Faculty Guide
George Slack, gbseee@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Alan Burger, a.g.burger4@gmail.com

Team Members

P17007 Fall 2016 Team Members from left to right: Kevin, Jonathon, Eric, Andrew

P17007 Fall 2016 Team Members from left to right: Kevin, Jonathon, Eric, Andrew

Member Major Role Contact
Jonathon Price Mechanical Engineering Team Member jrp8740@rit.edu
Eric Hambleton Electrical Engineering Team Member esh1916@rit.edu
Kevin Layer Mechanical Engineering Team Member kml4734@rit.edu
Andrew King Industrial Engineering Team Member atk4149@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation