Wheelchair users often face challenges when deciding which device to use to get around. Regular wheelchairs are easy to manoeuvre, but hand-cycle wheelchairs are faster.
A team of University of Waterloo engineering students have designed and prototyped an augmented wheelchair that provides users with the comfort and maneuverability of a traditional wheelchair, while offering the speed of a hand-cycle wheelchair.
The novel drive system provides greater ergonomic support and promotes good posture even when the operator is tired. Selectable gear ratios greatly improve motion efficiency on a variety of terrain, helping those confined to a wheelchair go further and faster than ever before.
Their work is being nationally recognized for improving accessibility and inclusivity in Canada.
Learn more about their work at the University of Waterloo.