Study on the application of computer simulation to foldable wheelchairs

Yu Ting Lin, Fong Gong Wu, I. Jen Sung

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Abstract

The traditional rental wheelchairs for households, or for use on public occasions (for instance, hospitals, entertainment parks, and department stores), are folded from both left and right sides. Nevertheless, the wheelchairs require a lot of space after being folded. In the current market, while there is a specially-designed wheelchair for air transportation, which becomes smaller and lighter after being folded, the folding is so complicated that it is not convenient for the elderly to use this wheelchair at home or outdoors. This study involves a series of designs, such as focus group interviews, design patent analysis, draft concept designs, and detailed designs. This study designs a more foldable, portable wheelchair for people who are able to walk, but unable to bear constant load due to aging, and thus, require assistance. The features of the product are, as follows: (1) faster folding: unlike a traditional wheelchair that is folded from both sides, the wheelchair of this study is equipped with four parallel, connecting poles, and it will fold providing the fixed latches are loosened and the back of the wheelchair is pulled backwards, which requires some preparation; (2) smaller size: its folded form is 40–50% less than that of a traditional wheelchair, and it can be stored in the small boot of 1,300 c.c.; (3) it is light-weight and labor- and time-saving: it is lighter than a traditional wheelchair, and can be pulled like a suitcase with four wheels after it is folded. With the aim of promoting social development through a more humanized wheelchair, this study develops a wheelchair with an innovative structure, which can greatly reduce the complicated folding steps and size of current wheelchairs; moreover, it can lighten the burden of caregivers and inspire relevant designers to make a wheelchair that better satisfies the needs of the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationHuman and Technological Environments - 11th International Conference, UAHCI 2017 Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Proceedings
EditorsMargherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages539-548
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319586991
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Event11th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2017, held as part of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2017 Jul 92017 Jul 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10279 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other11th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2017, held as part of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2017
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period17-07-0917-07-14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Lin, Y. T., Wu, F. G., & Sung, I. J. (2017). Study on the application of computer simulation to foldable wheelchairs. In M. Antona, & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Human and Technological Environments - 11th International Conference, UAHCI 2017 Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Proceedings (pp. 539-548). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10279 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58700-4_44