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The Center for Discovery is developing an open-source power add-on to quickly convert any manual wheelchair into a power chair.

 

Problem

Power wheelchairs are critical in providing independence to people with mobility limitations—but are expensive and often not covered by insurance, leaving many users limited to manual wheelchairs.

Project

With a $1.125M grant from Google.org, the Center for Discovery will continue developing an open source power add-on initially built at the Center’s on-site maker’s lab, which quickly converts any manual wheelchair into a power chair.

Impact

The power add-on will offer the mobility and freedom of a power chair for around 1/7 of the average cost, and will allow users who mainly use a manual wheelchair to benefit from power when they need it. At scale, the device will increase mobility for hundreds of thousands of people.

 

Learn more about Center for Discovery

 

Source: http://google.org/impactchallenge/disabilities/grantees/center-for-discovery.html

Source: https://googleblog.blogspot.com/