Human factors in all-terrain wheelchair design for rural population

Paula Chacon-Cifuentes, A. A. Zuleta, Gustavo Sevilla, Andres Valencia-Escobar, Esteban Correa-Bedoya, Felix Echeverria-Echeverria

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    Abstract

    Considering the geography, the public infrastructure and the products available in Colombia, there was identified an insufficiency in the supply of wheelchairs appropriated for the tough conditions of rural areas. In response, an all-terrain, three-wheeled and leveraged wheelchair was designed, using the user-centered design approach. The wheelchair was adapted to the anthropometric and anatomical characteristics of its users and considered arms biomechanics for the design of leveraged driving system. In addition, it was proposed the use of magnesium alloys to reducing the weight of the wheelchair frame, which helps to reduce the effort thus contributing to the preservation of upper limbs. The wheelchair was co-designed involving potential users in the design process. The digital model suggests a weight reduction of 75% to 55% compared to commercial models and shows adequate structural behavior. Currently, a functional prototype is being manufactured, which will be subjected to technical and usability tests.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Usability and User Experience - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conferences on Usability and User Experience, and Human Factors and Assistive Technology
    EditorsTareq Ahram, Christianne Falcão
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Pages899-910
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9783030191344
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2020
    EventAHFE Conference on Usability and User Experience, 2019 and the AHFE Conference on Human Factors and Assistive Technology, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
    Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    Volume972
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357
    ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

    Conference

    ConferenceAHFE Conference on Usability and User Experience, 2019 and the AHFE Conference on Human Factors and Assistive Technology, 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWashington D.C.
    Period24/07/1928/07/19

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Acknowledgments. The authors are grateful to “Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS)” of the Colombian Government (Grant 1115745-58322), “Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo y la Innovación (CIDI)” from the Univer-sidad Pontificia Bolivariana through UPB-Innova Rad: 747B-03/17-35, Universidad de Antio-quia, SENA and Universidad de Medellín.

    Funding Information:
    Funding. Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación en Colombia (COLCIENCIAS), grant 1115745-58322.

    Funding Information:
    The authors are grateful to “Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS)” of the Colombian Government (Grant 1115745-58322), “Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo y la Innovación (CIDI)” from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana through UPB-Innova Rad: 747B-03/17-35, Universidad de Antioquia, SENA and Universidad de Medellín.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.

    Keywords

    • Assistive technology
    • Biomechanics
    • Mobility
    • Product design
    • User-centered design

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