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    Student-built wheelchair runs indefinitely on solar power


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    .....wouldn't work in England....

    I love innovation and new ideas, but I don't see the point in this. Why carry the solar panels with you? Simply have 2 sets of batteries and leave the panels at home in the back yard. You use one battery all day while the other is charging, then swap for the next days activities.

    [Having said that - I know what it is like to make an invention, and then be sniped at by arm-chair inventors, who assume you did not already think of their "amazing" solutions. It's too easy to criticize, and often short-sighted....so, please take my comment with a slice of lemon]

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    Protection from the sun and rain are pluses. I see using it inside as a problem with those panels in the back. I wonder what a good gust of wind would do to it. I could go very long distances if you have the time to creep to the destination. Interesting. Don't see it as a need priority.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB701 View Post
    .....wouldn't work in England....

    I love innovation and new ideas, but I don't see the point in this. Why carry the solar panels with you? Simply have 2 sets of batteries and leave the panels at home in the back yard. You use one battery all day while the other is charging, then swap for the next days activities.

    [Having said that - I know what it is like to make an invention, and then be sniped at by arm-chair inventors, who assume you did not already think of their "amazing" solutions. It's too easy to criticize, and often short-sighted....so, please take my comment with a slice of lemon]
    A home charging station would only work if a powerchair user had someone who could lift the heavy batteries in and out for them. I can't do that--would need two powerchairs instead. So, I can see the point of the onboard charging design. Fun concept.
    I don't have an SCI--I have generalized weakness (PPMS) with POTS and gait problems.

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    Sigh. It amazes me that people got prize money for that. Like 55 said that canopy would be problematic indoors and it is not like you can't find an electrical outlet pretty much everywhere you go.

    The thing that annoys me about these projects is I get the feeling that they lack the fundamental first step of a competition meant "to come up with an innovation that could make a significant difference to a person with a disability" which would be ask a person with a disability what their problems are, and then have people with disabilities judge the outcome. We have a large concentration of people here in wheelchairs, would anyone find having a large canopy of solar panels practical and useful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by t8burst View Post
    Sigh. It amazes me that people got prize money for that. Like 55 said that canopy would be problematic indoors and it is not like you can't find an electrical outlet pretty much everywhere you go.

    The thing that annoys me about these projects is I get the feeling that they lack the fundamental first step of a competition meant "to come up with an innovation that could make a significant difference to a person with a disability" which would be ask a person with a disability what their problems are, and then have people with disabilities judge the outcome. We have a large concentration of people here in wheelchairs, would anyone find having a large canopy of solar panels practical and useful?
    No. I can appreciate their idea and perhaps it will lead to other ideas that are more useful but as for this.... come on, really? Did these inventors take the time to ask users for input? I doubt it.

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    Great concept!
    Look at the calculators and other small devices that are now solar powered.

    As the motors and electronics are made more efficient, batteries are made lighter, and solar cells made smaller and more efficient (built into the frame or upholstery) this could be part of mobility technology.

    I would imagine a new breed of powered mobility (hybrid)
    Home charge, solar top up, and super efficient motors, like the Prius of wheelchairs.

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    nothing brings weird attention to yourself like having two massive solar panels above your head. the sheer size looks like it'll cause more potential mobility problems.
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    I think it would break off pretty quickly. Nice try though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essie View Post
    No. I can appreciate their idea and perhaps it will lead to other ideas that are more useful but as for this.... come on, really? Did these inventors take the time to ask users for input? I doubt it.

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    The article actually says the idea came from an individual, and the chair will be shipped to that individual after being refined.
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