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[DPRG] My Daughters Wheelchair (fwd)

Subject: [DPRG] My Daughters Wheelchair (fwd)
From: Kipton Moravec kip at kdream.com
Date: Sun Dec 1 18:26:01 CST 2002

I do not know of anything off-the-shelf.  However that is something most
everybody's autonomous robot does.

You just have to do it yourself or find a local college student or hobbyist
interested in taking on the project.   It will take a lot of hands on effort
to tune it, so I can't volunteer to do it from Texas.

There are IR and Ultrasound sensors that can detect range. I would recommend
one or the other.  The biggest hurdle is actually interfacing into the
wheelchair.  Once you find the right spot it should not be a problem after
that.  A simple microcontroller and some interface circuitry and you should
be set.

I am interested in helping if I can, but the distance is a problem.


----- Original Message -----
>From: "Eric Yundt" <eric at facetcorp.com>
To: "Dallas Personal Robotics Group" <dprglist at dprg.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 5:51 PM
Subject: [DPRG] My Daughters Wheelchair (fwd)

> Forwarded on behalf of DW...
> David Warburton wrote:
> > From: "David Warburton" <davew1962 at tiscali.co.uk>
> > To: <info at dprg.org>
> > Subject: My Daughters Wheelchair
> > Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 13:56:14 -0000
> >
> > Dear Sir or Madam
> >
> > This is probably a stab in the dark, but here goes anyway.
> > We have an 8 yea old daughter called Hannah who is disabled with CP and
> > Epilepsy.
> >
> > She finds it very difficult to control her fine motor movement, and the
> > ranges of switches available are not very helpful.
> >
> > So we were wondering if there is a product on the market which could be
> > attached to her electric wheelchair that could counteract her over
> > steering i.e. something that detects solid surfaces and corrects her
> > steering or would move the chair away from a wall for instance or guide
> > her through a doorway .
> >
> > I think it would need some sort of optical sensors linked into her drive
> > system that covered all the exterior of her wheelchair.
> >
> > Regards Dave Warburton
> > 3 Holden Wood Drive
> > Helmshore
> > Rossendale
> > Lancs
> > BB44RQ
> > Davew1962 at tiscali.co.uk
> >
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