Here's a link to a video demo of the 2010 Pedalong. It's being tested at the University of Alabama's medical school in Birmingham. We're still looking for a partner to help fund development and become a part owner. If you are interested, let me know and I'll send a copy of the recent provisional patent and more.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
PEDALONG – A THERAPEUTIC EXERCISER FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS
Rollin Dix – June 2013
Here is the INTRODUCTION to an 11 page paper summarizing plans and progress - please call me at 773-239-3514 if you want a copy.
This paper describes the continued design, development and testing of a pedaling attachment for wheelchairs “Pedalong” by Patpending Marketing, Inc. The invention is intended to provide therapeutic exercise for stroke, cerebral palsy, MS and other patients, and for the very elderly, . Other possible applications are exercise in early post-operative care and in hospital transport to and from physical therapy. By providing propulsion for the seated user, the Pedalong may promote more interesting and therefore more regular and longer-continued exercise.
The result of our eight-year effort, the Pedalong has a crank and pedals extending forward (and retracting) from beneath the wheelchair on a chain-carrying mast supported under the wheelchair. These pedals propel the wheelchair while a steering handle at armrest height steers it.
My colleague Dr. David Brown's primary research interest is post-stroke rehabilitation. This summer we plan for testing of current prototypes at his Rehabilitation Science Program at the University of Alabama and at the Lakeshore Rehabilitation Center, both in Birmingham.
This paper contains a review of the need for therapeutic exercise equipment, details of our plan for the coming year, a history of the project so far, plans beyond the coming year, a review of the competition, and references.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Change of plans - back to the 2008 design because the 2011-12 design seems too tolerance dependent to be practical. However, much was learned! Soon an STTR proposal will be submitted with UnivAlabama, Birmingham, as the lead (Dave Brown has moved there from Northwestern). We delivered a Pedalong unit to him in November, and it got good reviews at his open house last month. Another unit (now here in Chicago) is working OK, but needs some improvements. Preparing the documents and getting the STTR team defined is first priority now.