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Wheelchair Rain Shield

Students: Lanier Lannom, Andrew Chiego, Thamer Hasan

Wheelchair Rain ShieldDesign outcome: Wes designed a retractable rain shield to protect a client, his electric wheelchair, and his belongings from rain and related precipitation.

Why it matters: The UCSF Disabilities Statistics Center reported that approximately 1.6 million people outside of institutions (hospitals, etc.) use wheelchairs on a daily basis and approximately 155,000 of those users are in motorized wheelchairs. This Rain Shield matters because electric wheelchairs are not waterproof, and inclement weather can damage the wheelchair, leaving the user stranded in the rain. Our device will protect the wheelchair user’s chair and belongings from precipitation, giving the user confidence to travel on rainy days.

Next steps: The next steps would be to automate deployment and closing of the Rain Shield with a motor and to find a universal attachment mechanism so this device can be used on other electric wheelchairs.

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