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.