Bringing 21st Century accessibility into the 19th!

Courtesy of Adafruit Industries, comes this awesome steampunk wheelchair, using their Arduino-based Waveshield for sound effects.  The creator, Daniel Valdez, has a Web site ( with some issues, but he does have photos and video on Flickr.  It is fully functional, using an 1875 Victorian rocker mounted on a Permobil C300 power chair chassis.

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Smeeon7 years ago
Hello, I didn't realize my wheelchair made it on instructables. I've been a member here for some time and love the community. I did not make an instructable about this because like Kelseymh said a lot of the stuff was found and unique. The techniques I used were learned from many places, even here. In particular was the painting technique used on the entire chassis. I may yet provide an instructable on that. Until then you can view my  progress gallery here

I do hope it inspired people who find the steampunk genre interesting to take something they love and steampunk it. It's more about making something uniquely ME and not what everyone else SAYS it should be or what everyone else already has. 

I love X-men, I fell in love with steampunk long before the modern trend and I love hacking electronic stuff.. that's what brought the chair to reality.

feel free to contact me if you have any questions specifically about it's construction.
kelseymh (author)  Smeeon7 years ago
Whoa!  Dude, you're here.  That really rocks!

Your chair build was making the rounds of some of the disability mailing lists, and my wife asked me if I knew what "Adafruit" was.  I saw the project and thought it was sufficiently cool to advertise.  If I had known you were already here, I would certainly have pinged you first.  When I tried your Web site, none of the links worked, so I wasn't able to contact you otherwise.
Smeeon kelseymh7 years ago
yes, my website is horribly horribly out of date, about the only link that works is the "pictures" which sends you to my flickr page. I've been working on updating it, the new version should be out in the next month.

I'll see to a slide show, no promises on time frame though lol

as for being "here" I may troll but I love this place ;)
Hey, is there a way you can do an Instructables slideshow?  I'd really like to add it to the "Scooter Trash" group.  It's really dedicated to motorcycles, but this would still bring a lot of interest.  My son is rebuilding an old Harley, and is going at least partially steampunk with it.
MAWSR7 years ago
i wish these steampunk guys would share their techniques instead of using this as a bragging forum. their stuff is cool and very interesting i wish they would share more.
kelseymh (author)  MAWSR7 years ago
Huh?  The creator of this chair is not an Instructables member.  He did not post this.  I found it on the Web, thought it looked really cool, and posted it. 

Why don't you type "steampunk" into the Instructables search box?  Then take a look at just how many steampunk people (not just "guys," your sexist assumption notwithstanding) do share there techniques.  Then come back here and explain yourself.
kelseymh (author)  kelseymh7 years ago
Correction!  Apparently the creator is here on I'bles, and has followed up to a couple of postings above (below).
melynia MAWSR7 years ago
One of the problems with steampunk instructables is they often use one of a kind pieces that the builder happened to find so we are then unable to copy their creation... but we can learn the theme and build with what we have.
kelseymh (author)  melynia7 years ago
they often use one of a kind pieces that the builder happened to find

Using found parts for projects isn't special to steampunk.  Many (not most, but many) of the projects here involve people using stuff from their garage, or a dumpster, or a flea market.  Re-using and re-purposing is a core value of the Maker movement, after all.

but we can learn the theme and build with what we have.

Which is, after all, part of the point of doing it yourself.

lolompg7 years ago
that is so cool how long did it take you ...
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