I make 4 my city : Smart wheelchair

 

Project
Smart wheelchair

FabLab Jeunes Science de Tunisie - Tunis  

A parasport wheelchair prototype to improve the inclusion of disabled people in sport and social activity in Tunisia.

Who & what?
A core group of 4 young people out of 10 young people aged 12 to 20 who are students, pupils or school drop-outs were brought together and supervised at the Tunis Solidarity FabLab, and came up with the idea whilst developing their knowledge of machinery and their digital design and manufacturing skills. The project was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Fédération Tunisienne des Sports pour Tous.

Why?
Buying a parasport wheelchair is impossible for nearly the entire Tunisian population. Thanks to techniques made possible at the Solidarity FabLab, this economical prototype contains all the necessary equipment to play a sport: detecting obstacles, slowing down depending on the obstacle, avoiding collisions, and monitoring the physical condition of the user through a smart connection.

How?
A module provides different access (joystick and voice, eventually) to allow the user to control the wheelchair. Another module helps with movement using sensors and a third module checks the user’s health through a Bluetooth smart watch: ECG cardiac rhythm, calories, blood sugar, kilometres travelled, etc. all stored in the Cloud.
A 3D design tool was used for the wheelchair structure.

 

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