Mobility-impaired individuals can rarely use a wheelchair all the way from home to the place of work or recreation and back again. TRANSWHEEL targets three aspects of wheelchair development: transport safety, comfort, and adaptability. A CAD/CAM redesign will produce a light-weight transportable wheelchair capable of ensuring the same safety as a seat in standard transport, with enhanced manoeuvrability allowing the user to adjust its height and position to perform routine tasks while travelling (store luggage, open the window, use a train table, etc.). A vehicle seat will also be developed, to address the needs of people with lower limb and torso disabilities not using a wheelchair. A prototype wheelchair and car seat will be developed, for use in both laboratory and user trials, and design guidelines and a code of good practice will be widely disseminated.
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