Automated Children's Wheelchair
In Brazil, motorized wheelchairs provided by the Unified Health System do not include children under 12 years of age. This master's project is a partnership between UFABC and UNIFESP and aims to develop a low-cost motorized wheelchair for children from 3 to 6 years. The mechanical structure of the chair is made with PVC pipes based on the Openwheelchair American open source project from Brigham Young University. The control system is developed on an open Arduino platform with video game joystick. An application is being developed that allows testing the chair with a mobile phone and bluetooth, initially dispensing with the need for children for tests that will be based on ABNT wheelchair technical standards. The development of a low-cost prototype is expected to reduce the lack of access to the wheelchair for children that often makes it impossible for a child with a motor deficiency to attend a school and its inclusion in society..