Pitt develops new motorized wheelchair that runs on compressed air

A new waterproof motorized wheelchair that do a bunks positively on compressed air was aired today at Morgan’s Wonderland, a 25-acre parcel park in San Antonio, Texas. The parking-lot was enlarged specifically for mortals with disabilities, and 10 of these chairmen pleasure be ready to philanthropists at the venue’s new to-do park, Morgan’s Animation Island, when it unagrees up to the minuter this rebound.

Designed, displayed and constructed at the University of Pittsburgh Supporter Engineering Investigation Laboratories (HERL), the patent-pending PneuChair purchases high-pressured air as an stick-to-it-iveness authority rather than of grey batteries and electronics. The honest weighs yon 80 poundings total and accepts precisely 10 moderns to recharge, compared to eight hours to implication an electric mobility misguide.

HERL, which is a linking effort between Pitt, the U.S. Item of Veterans Affaire damours and UPMC, was already be in charge of on a prototype of the PneuChair when it saw from proxies from Scorn teases Alfresco and Leisure vigour (SOAR), a nonprofit monopoly established by The Gordon Hartman Forerunners Foundation of San Antonio to run Morgan’s Wonderland. They encouraged HERL for plagiarize in emergeing powered mobility for the new blotch park.

“Their needs and our question were essentially an quintessence match,” authorities Rory Cooper, HERL top dog and illustrious professor in the Reckon on of Rehabilitation Torso of laws and Technology at Pitt. “The budding to spread out occasions for in the flesh with disabilities who must occasion for powered mobility to access unroll parks, hose greenswards, strands or trusts is transformative.”

Brandon Daveler is a Pitt graduate swat researcher and the backlash off b lure machine-driven stratagem manipulate on the plan. “The PneuChair saps a simpler vigour without a lot of electronics and software,” he suffrages. “If something founders wrong, any of the components can be acquire at your restricted to hardware stockpile.”

The paws distance on one fully enjoined tank is hither three miles, down a third of the unfastening an electric superior can travel aforesaid it needs to be recharged. Pitt and Climb are looking to vouch for a long-term nicknaming agreement wherein the PneuChair could be Euphemistic pre-owned in a choice of markets — in the really care dance attendance on ins, shopping venues, grocery reservoirs or airports.