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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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.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaAdvances in Usability and User Experience - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conferences on Usability and User Experience, and Human Factors and Assistive Technology
EditoresTareq Ahram, Christianne Falcão
EditorialSpringer Verlag
Número de páginas12
ISBN (versión impresa)9783030191344
EstadoPublicada - 2020
EventoAHFE Conference on Usability and User Experience, 2019 and the AHFE Conference on Human Factors and Assistive Technology, 2019 - Washington D.C., Estados Unidos
Duración: 24 jul. 201928 jul. 2019

Serie de la publicación

NombreAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (versión impresa)2194-5357
ISSN (versión digital)2194-5365


ConferenciaAHFE Conference on Usability and User Experience, 2019 and the AHFE Conference on Human Factors and Assistive Technology, 2019
País/TerritorioEstados Unidos
CiudadWashington D.C.

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