A hard working designer who conducts extensive research. Excellent model making skills.
The Treadle wheelchair is the next step in elderly mobility. It solves 3 major current design issues:
Capable of travelling over rough surfaces including grass and gravel, users can now go into parks, gardens etc;
The user can exercise to their desired level by pushing on the treadle mechanism;
Double handlebars allow an upright posture for carers of different heights.
(Display model shown. Please see following photo.)
Other solutions reached with this design:
Rear uniforks save weight;
Disc breaks reduce maintenance;
Grooved armrests stop tired arms falling off;
Handles encourage engagement by the user;
Changeable cushion allows personalisation- different colour options e.g. tartan;
Y-shaped frame/raising and lowering armrests allow safe access to the chair.
The brief was to engage young people in 3D play again. My solution was a 6" windup cheetah kit, that ran. Unfortunately I ran out of time (it was a 1 semeter project), but hope to complete it after university if there is a market for it.
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