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Design and Development of a Foot Controlled Mobility Device

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Divya Gosain, Divya Jyoti, Divya Asiwal, Shankar Singh, Sachin Maheshwari, Sachin Kumar Agarwal

Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India

Paper No. BioMed2007-38011, pp. 83-87; 5 pages
doi:10.1115/BioMed2007-38011
From:
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 7–8, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4266-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3797-1
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME

abstract

In the recent years, the focus of ever-progressing scientific and technological advancements is continuously drifting towards the rehabilitation engineering. The development in the field of “mobility aid” has led to research, which has transformed conventional manual attendant-style wheelchairs to electric-powered wheelchairs with improved control through joysticks, sensors and micro-controllers. Consumers with limited mobility (pain in legs, permanent injury etc.) and elderly users, who cannot independently operate a powered wheelchair due to their hands impairment, have to rely upon third-party assistance during transfers to secure their wheelchair. Most ‘Mobility Assistance Equipment’ manufacturers for the orthopaedically handicapped individuals have not been able to adequately address such problems. With mobility being a key factor in all aspects of human life, this project proposes a design to allow hands impaired people, who cannot walk to orient themselves in, and navigate through, complex environments with the help of foot controlled wheel chair. This paper presents design and development of a battery-powered wheelchair that will be operated by foot controls, based upon the need assessments of such consumers. The Electronic System is a basic speed control circuit designed and provides for four motion configurations — reverse, stop, slow, and fast.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
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