Saturday, June 10, 2017

June prototype completion expected

Later than hoped, but much more complete, the 2016 Pedalong prototype should be ready for testing soon.  A steering wheel now replaces handle bars.  This 18 inch diameter wheel extends toward the wheelchair at user height and swings to the side for user entry.  Also a "simpler" connector platform was built to save time.   Otherwise, this Pedalong is as described in the 2016 provisional patent filing.

The list of people for whom this prototype will be demonstrated includes:  the patent attorney who filed the provisional, an engineer at RIC, an owner of a physical therapy facility, and a lawyer specializing in startup marketing.  The goal continues to be establishing a process for financing development from October 2017 forward.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Starting 2017

"Best design yet" is nearing completion of a prototype.  The provisional patent filed at the end of 2016 gives protection for the concepts until December 2017.  Its title, "Attachment for Pedaling a Wheelchair," tells one use, but an entire exercise machine based on the steering and power system is also described,


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pedalong subassembly tests successful

I now hope to have a prototype before the end of the year.  Although I’m very optimistic concerning the design, we’re testing subsystems before building the first complete unit.  Also, preparation of a provisional patent is underway.

This Pedalong attaches to a wheelchair at the leg rest brackets very quickly forming a tricycle driven from the front wheel.  The connecting platform adjusts to any leg length.  The steering column’s special design allows steering while the pedals remain directly forward.  More details when the provisional patent is approved.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer 2016 Pedalong development

Mechanical design of a test rig for the pedaling apparatus is complete, materials have been purchased and components are being machined.  All of my mechanical engineering graduate student assistants have found summer internships, but will return in the fall.

To make Pedalong a better therapeutic device, we are developing instrumentation to measure many parameters of use and software to record and display the results. Two electrical engineering graduate students are using an Arduino microprocessor and associated sensors to measure and wirelessly transmit the data to a laptop computer.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Complex, but workable design?

CAD work on the 2016 Pedalong will be completed this spring with help from Carlos Amor Gomez. Carlos will use this project to satisfy a requirement of his MS degree from his university in Madrid, Spain.

The design departs from earlier versions in driving the wheelchair by a single, steered front wheel which is pedaled by the seated user.  The primary design challenge (now overcome) was separating steering from pedaling.  Another major benefit of this 2016 design is the ease of coupling it to the front with minimum modification to the wheelchair.

Also, the Pedalong assembly can be rotated to the side to permit unrestricted access to the wheelchair seat and adjustability for user height will allow multi-user applications.

Along with its use in rehab centers, this 2016 Pedalong could provide enjoyable exercise during other hospital stays.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring 2015 - revised plan

Latest plan is to design and build a Pedalong attachment to fit on the front of existing wheelchairs.

Design in April followed by summer 2015 construction with testing in the fall.

Sorry for all the delays, but this has been a very tough design challenge!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holidays 2014 - plan for spring 2015

The 2010 Pedalong is still at David Brown's lab, University of Alabama med school.  People like it, but we all know it's not good enough yet.

I taught CADCAM this fall for the first time in 12 years, and my students' projects on physical therapy equipment were quite interesting.

Starting mid-February a student team and I will undertake yet another design, possibly using permanent magnet electric motors.  Chain drives have proven tricky through about a dozen versions!

If you can't drive the Communists out of Cuba, try something different, right.