A gathering of five masters students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich University of the Arts built up a self-balancing wheelchair that is equipped for climbing stairs.
Called Scewo, the cutting edge wheelchair utilises inflexible elastic grasps as an approach to explore here and their steps, notwithstanding including winding staircases. Moreover, it can lift clients up to either furnish them with a superior vantage indicate or permit them to snatch protests that would some way or another be distant.
“Scewo gives a completely new experience of freedom, and lets you forget your disability,” Bernhard Winter, one of the brains behind the project, told Digital Trends.
“The wheelchair is very agile indoors and allows you to drive and turn into a tiny space. It removes any barriers in your life, allowing you to use the public transport such as buses and trains effortlessly. The few steps in front of a restaurant or the flight of stairs on the way to work are no longer an obstacle because you can climb them in a smoothly and elegant way.”
The wheelchair uses three gyroscopes which measure the angular velocity to keep the seat adjusted consequently. As per Winter, driving all over strides is for all intents and purposes easy, while quickening and after that quickly breaking won’t toss a client out of their seat due to the absence of horizontal forces included.
“The challenging part about the balancing control was to be able to steer it with a joystick,” he said. “This is unique in our chair and allows people without any upper body strength to drive around with Scewo without problems.”
At present, the team has one working prototype. However, the group is raising money on Patreon with the goal of bringing a finished product to market by the end of 2018.
“Our dream is to bring our wheelchair to the market so people can take advantage of this new technology and use it in their daily life,” Winter said. “But there is still a long way to go. Currently, we are still studying and working on the wheelchair in our free time.”
Here is the full video, how it operates…