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
"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,