Has anyone ever conected a wii nunchuck to a electric wheelchair as a secondary controller and speed control if so does anyone have the instructions on how to achieve this please Allan
Topic by Bigall51 | last reply
I'm a wheelchair user and I would like to change the side wheels and rims with a bike geared wheel and push handles. I need someone, brighter than me, to work out how to combine the crankshaft and back wheel into one unit? If this could be done, I would extend the pedal shaft to become handles which I could push with my arms. Don't know if that is clear.. I've tried to add an image here, but Instuctables just not uploading anything!!! If you have any idea about the wheel idea, I would be grateful to hear? Many thanks Richard
Topic by DickyMac | last reply
Dachshunds are adorable little dogs, bred for chasing badgers and other burrowing animals. Unfortunately, their elongated backs are delicate, and prone to all types of injury. Enter joelsprayberry's Dachshund wheelchair. It's an inexpensive way to support the dog's back legs until he can walk again. Reading through the comments is inspiring - so many people have found this Instructable, and built their dogs wheelchairs. Instead of having to put the dog down, it can recover and enjoy a full life. There's even a ferret version. Any more heart-warming pet stories to share? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.
Topic by canida | last reply
Hi, my name is Mary Heacock, a.k.a. Queen Mary, because if I have to sit in a chair, I’m gonna make it a THRONE! Wheelchairs suck! So I made something better, but no one cares. The market actually has disincentives to innovation. It just cost too much to innovate with very little to no reward. The current marketplace just will not respond. So I am building an entirely new collaborative marketplace to sky rocket innovation and bury costs. Cripple A will provide a collaborative platform (Autodesk Fusion 360) to support innovation and small manufacturing. This is truly what they mean by triple bottom line. The cripple wins with better gear, the innovator wins with micromanufacturing opportunities and the public wins with an entirely new bottom up economy. See the instructible that I published to explain my journey here: https://www.instructables.com/id/The-THRONE-how-to-fix-a-crappy-industry-pun-intend/ I am but one person, but I know I can make a difference. Do you know anyone who’s up for changing the world? Better buckle up, Mary PS I have holes in my brain so I am terribly unreliable especially with forums such as this. Please be patient with me as I work out a system.
Topic by queenmarytf | last reply
Hi. After a really bad car accident, my best friend is paralyzed from the waist down. He's confined to a wheelchair. He's also a big guy, 6'4 250lbs, and his house has a flight of stairs. He uses a service to take him to appointments, and they send two guys to carry him down, and then up, but it's extremely expensive. I googled wheelchair stair climbers, and there are a couple, but they are also really expensive and huge! He uses a pretty standard invacare wheelchair. I was wondering why there isn't an inexpensive or DIY alternative, basically a stair climbing robot with a powerful motor and battery. Can anyone help me build one? Or if someone builds one, I would be willing to pay for parts and labor. Thanks!
Topic by silverfox1 | last reply
Hi guys, I have an idea for a go anywhere buggy that I can use on mountain bike trails instead of my wheelchair. I have a very basic design of my idea and need advice on where to go from here. I have a very rough sketch of my idea. But I have no idea of how to use AutoCAD or do anything else with this fantastic little device. So I thought I would ask all of you guys for your input. In the attached sketch. The pink represents a rigid frame. The green is suspension. The black is bicycle tires appropriate for your needs. The blue is an adjustable net seating. And the gray is batteries and motors. However my son informs me that it is possible to put the motor in the hub of the wheel. Which sounds like an excellent idea to me! My idea is to hang the frame from the suspension above the wheels. And balance the weight of the occupant(s) and the batteries. I think that this has potential for many other applications, but I just want to go play in the woods and the beach again!
Topic by Mmjmama | last reply
I'm looking for some help in constructing a portable mechanism to attach to a manual wheelchair and to the front of a bicycle while still using the wheelchair handles to manouvre the wheelchair. The front wheel would have to be removed in order to utilize the wheel chair handles to steer. This attachment would be for two elderly people able to get out but not able to walk far. Using this converted mode of transportation would make life so much easier. The wheel chair is presently folded in the trunk of a car and the bike could be attached onto a bick rack for sightseeing purposes. Any ideas out there?? Thank you,
Question by huot | last reply
I would like to find a electric wheelchair/electric wheelchair motors to make a RC snow plow for one of my disabled friends. any ideas of where i could get one dirt cheap \ free round the northern MD area. any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Question by bigbodysmallbrain | last reply
I just bought a VR2 controller and I want to know how to bench test it to make sure it is functioning properly before I resale it. I do have a good multimeter. I just need to know which studs to connect the MM leads to on the controller and what readings I should supect to get. Thanks again for the help? Manpan
Topic by themanpan68 | last reply
I would like to put a Challenge out there for anyone to come up with. You see, I am in a wheelchair and I would love to go hiking with my son, but my chair can only go so far before it needs to be plugged back into a socket. I hate this, because it keeps me from going most places I want to go outdoors. But it dawned on me that if I had a Solar Powered Option to my chair, nothing could hold me back from being outdoors again. Ok yah, it would help if I could redesign the platform & wheels too, but that's not the most important part... I NEED POWER. So, if anyone feels like taking on a new challenge and you are into Solar Power perhaps you could help me in this way. Thank You for your time in reading this, I hope to plant seeds of inspiration with all of you! May Love Light Your Way, Blessings!
Topic by CherishJames | last reply
Last week I had the opportunity to work with a couple of awesome projects that combined to be even more awesome: I drove a powered wheelchair simply by using my brain! Here are a couple more, longer videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJKXFENEDdE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVc4KOgEUlw I was wearing an Emotiv EEG headset that Steve Castellotti of Puzzlebox has configured to work with Lego Brainstorms robots (this is a pretty cool project in itself, check it out at Puzzlebox's site). He has a program that allows the headset wearer to input arbitrary keypresses on the linked computer, configurable to the output from the headset. The wheelchair robot is a work in process from Instructabler jerkey, who has hacked into the joystick controls to allow it to be driven using keypresses on ITS associated computer. So it was relatively simple to log into the robot driver computer from the headset computer and send keypresses. Now, there is a bit more to say about the keypress creation. The goal with an EEG headset is to get brain signals, but facial muscle movements are also detectable (they use electricity too and it turns out that the muscle signals are a lot stronger than the brain signals, for various reasons). For myself, I found it very difficult to repeatably emit consistent brain waves, with only an hour or so of training. It was a lot easier to get the software to detect a blink, wink, or grimace, so that's what I ended up using. Still, I could not drive the robot very accurately, causing great hilarity amongst the observers. More work is needed! But it was an awesome and fascinating experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity. I've asked the two project builders to collaborate on an Instructable. If this happens I will update this forum post with the link.
Topic by rachel | last reply
Hello, Newbie here! I was hoping to convert my manual wheelchair into an electric powered one.. What would be the best way to go about this? Could I just install hub motor on the real wheels? Or would a gear motor be better? I was planning to control it using arduino as I would eventually want to make it gaze-controlled (working on the eye tracking code at the moment..if anyone has any advice for that to that would be great!) It is a really important project following an ALS diagnosis and it would mean everything if I could make this work somehow..I am not based in the EU but have family in the UK who could send me over the parts if they don't deliver. I know it can be cheap to just buy a second hand powered wheelchair but where I am it is not so easy to come across and eventually I would have to adapt it to anyway..I also thought it could be a fun project for me to work on as I was an engineering student. Also is arduino the best way to control it, I am using the viola-jones eye tracking algorithm in matlab.. Thanks for any help! Also if you cant help directly even links to pages that can help would be useful :)))
Question by NadaA2 | last reply
I am disabled and have an electric wheelchair and I need a ramp to get in and out of the back of my truck. I can walk very short distances and then I need the chair. I just got the chair donated but I fisacaly cannot build one myself so any help?
Question by madrasi | last reply
I wanna circuit diagram of the connection between the 2 joysticks and ardunio....the interface circuit...any information about hacking jc2000 joystick of wheelchair will help me in may project pls....waiting for your replay https://www.instructables.com/id/Psycho-Scooter-Scramble/
Topic by dany151
My paralyzed wife passed away in 5/2007 and her 2 electric wheelcairs that are no longer in use have thouroly dead batteries. I don't know what kind they are other then they are a sealed unit. I want to sell them but can't with dead batteries. Can they be brought back to life? The on board chargers don't seem to do anything.
Question by Jerry S | last reply
Hello friends, I personally don't have to use a wheelchair, but we have an acquaintance, who is - after a diving accident - bound to a wheelchair. He raises up the question, about being able to be "offroad" in the woods or mountains by himself, would be a great deal for him. Therefore the thinking of an "offroad-Wheelchair" entered our mind. My brother, who is a teacher in a technical college or school in germany, started some projects, where the students also tried to find good and easy solutions for this task. But it is not easy. Finding this website and finding so many solutions of so many difficult problems of life, I rememberd this task, and think, that this gathering of "brainpower", ideas and idealism, could be a perfect place, to start a project like this. Maybe there are already good solutions among the friends here in this forum of instructables, maybe this could be also a start for good, new ideas, I am interested about the reactions and answers to this topic. What do you think about this idea? What is the best way to go? Let me know! Greetings to all! Steve PS: I think "communities" like this, in sharing ideas for good, with other people, is one of the top-best ascpects of the internet! PPS: HELP - I tried to put this into the section of Assistive Technology, but I dont know how - Is there anybody out there, to replace it there...
Topic by SteveMcCraft | last reply
Hello everyone, I am a wheelchair user and lover of winter sports, especially skiing. During my time as a walker, I used to go to the ski slopes as soon as it snowed because it was between snow and snowy landscapes but now it is difficult for me because my wheelchair sinks into the snow and prevents me from moving. I am aware that there are resources for my case, be they the http://www.polarstroller.com/en/store/2-Set-of-4X... or also an option for hiking such as freewheel http://www.polarstroller.com/en/store/2-Set-of-4X... or other options like that. The point is that they are really expensive and difficult to get in Spain. For what I plan to do it myself but I'm not very handy. Could you give me some clue, instruction how to start step by step? Thank you for your time and help in advance.Sorry 4 my poor english !!!
Question by Josep R.R | last reply
I recently bought an old Invacare wheelchair to use the motors and controller to integrate with a computer. However, the "MKIV INT" (i'm assuming that's the manufacturer) motor-controller is an all-in-one with the joystick in it. I removed the joystick, hoping I could connect to a DAC and my computer via parallel port, but the joystick has a small circuit inside of it. I'm assuming the circuit gets 5V from the controller and sends pulses of the analog joystick position. I was thinking about de-soldering the 4 wires from the joystick (2 wires for x-position and 2-wires for y-position) and first try to replace the joystick with an old PC-joystick--just to see if the controller detects different resistances of a different joystick, etc...
Topic by ferris_beuller | last reply
I want to build an offroad/all terrain mobility vehicle and have simultaneous motor control using an Arduino, raspberry Pi, or similar mini board. I have very limited mobility and want to enjoy the outdoors more. Can this be done? I have 24volt motors, but not sure yet as to the watts.M
Question by poppaIT | last reply
This is not for an instructable,or the Halloween contest. I posted here becouse I thought people would see it. I am cross posting in Answers. Our church does Trunk N Treat for Halloween and with my husband being the pastor, we have to participate. We had been planning all year to go as Discworld Igor and Igorina but the committee decided that they wanted church members to either have fun or bible related costumes. My first idea was my wheelchair and my upper body as a flower and my head and back as a butterfly with my husband as a butterfly catcher. He did not like that idea. He came up with wearing pajamas and carrying large teddy bears and over sized bottles. Do you have any ideas on how I can disguise my chair as a playpen or crib or something else? Most of ya'll seem to be so creative. I can bake and cook but I do not have much creativity. Thank you for at least listening to me. eetzel This is a picture of me in my chair.
Question by eetzel | last reply
My mom's lil doxie grew out of her wheelchair. She is homebound and I would like to make a wheel chair so they can resume walks.
Question by harmony1469 | last reply
(This is for my lovely grandmother, mind you.. but she can be a bit spunky at times.)
Question by ChelseaLaRosa | last reply
I have an electric wheelchair that contains 2-12v batteries. the charger has 115v/230vac input & 24vdc/5a output. what do i need to get to be able to install a solar charge / battery maintain system?
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Question by nayeem_ruet_eee | last reply
Please can I use car engine starter motor (12 volts) to build an electric wheelchair? If so, how do I connect it to batteries?
Question by dankyi | last reply
I need to cover a power wheelchair with a costume so it looks like she is Mary riding her donkey to the manager for Christmas. Please give me some suggestions. Thank you
Question by kelsi711 | last reply
Well, I'm looking to find a cost effective way to alter my manual wheelchair (9000 xt) to make it electric. I don't need to go super fast, I just want a project to keep me busy, as I am a disabled vet with nothing better to do. They say I don't qualify for a big electric wheelchair due to my mobility currently. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Matt
Topic by moxeus | last reply
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 (http://www.smeeon.com) 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.
Topic by kelseymh | last reply
Does anyone have any ideas for how to mount an iPad to a child's wheelchair...also making sure it is adjustable to be able to get the child in and out of the chair? Also, any ideas on how to attach a stylus so that it doesn't get dropped or lost? As you can see from the picture, the way we have it isn't working out so well. Thanks in advance!
Topic by mom2maddy | last reply
Speed controller for a 24v to 250w wheelchair motor. Can anyone give me a list of parts needed to build this also a circuit board diagram showing where to put the components and the size of the PWM that would be required. Thanking you all again. hoplite66
Question by hoplite66 | last reply
I have a wheelchair and would like to use it as a base to a autonomous robot. I wonder if it would be better to hack the joystick or strip everthing away leaving the motors and frame and control it with Arduino or something similar. I have only used Arduino with small hobby motors. Looking for any suggestions.
Question by Paul Fjare | last reply
I want to design a simple outdoor wheelchair that reclines flat to become a bed. This is for my disabled brother. Unfortunately, I can't weld, so extra points if it is made out of some parts that don't need welding. I want to take my brother camping, but he tires easily and needs to lie down. I am going to use a small pop-up awning with sides to create a little bedroom for him when he needs to rest, but I need help coming up with this chair design. Seems simple but all sorts of practical issues are stumping me. It should go over typical campground terrain. I could buy "Wheeleez" fat tires for a million dollars but my bank account does not allow that. Likewise pre-made wheelchairs that become beds are exorbitant. Thank you for any help you can provide!?
Question by cjkip | last reply
Cameron is a wheelchair-bound maker in Colorado using 3D Printing. He's especially interested in creating a head motion-controlled robotic arm that would use 3D Printing to make the brackets and fixtures to mount a portable system onto a wheelchair. This robotic arm would really help people like Cameron navigate the world, but it could also be used at a workbench by non-handicapped makers as a 3rd arm. So, an Indigogo campaign was started to raise funds to help Makers with specific physical needs get access to 3d printing: http://youtu.be/J2QsMNqi09w http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3d-printers-for-special-needs-makers Go, look, it's cool.
Topic by Kiteman
My 4 year old is wheel chair bound. He is too weak to hold a bat and swing it.. So I want to attach a spring loaded baseball bat to his wheel chair, and all he does is hit a button to swing the bat. The bat would reload manually or ideally automatically. The same concept would work to 'kick' a soccer ball if we just attach the 'tool' lower on the wheelchair.
Question by gluckc | last reply
I AM PARALIZED ON MY LEFT SIDE. I NEED A CART THAT WILL BE 48" WIDE X 80" LONG X 18" HIGH (WITH 10" PNEUMATIC WHEELS). I WANT TO HAVE 10" FIXED SIDE RAILS. THE HITCH POINT HAS TO BE 1" SQUARE WITHOUT A BALL. I NEED THE WHEEL AXLES TO BE ABLE TO TURN INDEPENDENTLY (FOR TURNING). I ALSO NEED A JACK STAND TO BE ATTACHED TO THE FRONT OF THE CART.
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Question by Uwais Dockrat | last reply
I want to connect a Power source to a solenoid and a toggle switch. See photos below.
Question by RaymondB56 | last reply
In my engineering studies class I am required to design a wheelchair for a disabled person with a certain ailment, due to the fact that I am near the top of my class my disability is no arms! I just need ideas on how to create a steering system that has a turning circle of 75cm or less, as the driving and braking are easy.
Question by Tombini | last reply
Hello friends, I am totally new here, but I have a question, whether it is possible to ask people here in this community to think and try and build an easy to build and easy to use "offroad-wheelchair" which should enable disabled or challenged people to new challenges. for example to go into the woods or mountain. Here - in this community - is so much brainpower and ideas and idealism gathered, therefore a lot of good ideas could come out and finally help a lot of people. What do you think of this idea? Let me know All the best to you Steve
Topic by SteveMcCraft | last reply
I would like to build an all-terrain wheelchair that folds into a bed so I can take my adult brother with MS camping again. Could use soft balloon tires and something like a lounge chair style that lies flat to make a bed. It needs to have at least one firm arm that he can pull on to turn himself a little. Ideally it could be converted to a bed while he is in it so he can rest if he needs to. I would be so grateful for any help. -CJ
Question by cjkip | last reply
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