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"Hands-on" brakes for manual wheelchairs. 

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NARIC Accession Number: O18299.  What's this?
Author(s): Jowers, Jon.
Project Number: H133E080011.
Publisher(s): Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Georgia Institute of Technology, 490 10th Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30332-0156; 404/894-4960.
Publication Year: 2009.
Abstract: This video demonstrates the designer and multiple individuals testing the new design of a "hands-on" brake for manual wheelchair users to help them slow down and stop, both easier and quicker while reducing burning and fatigue, and allowing users to keep their hands on the wheels at all times. This system replaces the stock wheel and camber block of the chair, without increasing the chair's overall width or weight, not impacting normal operation and propulsion of the wheel, providing consistent and repeatable operation, and without obtrusive cables or levers. Manual wheelchair users will benefit from using this braking system not only for stopping, but for also stabilizing the wheelchair during everyday tasks. Running time: 2 minutes 45 seconds.
Descriptor Terms: ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS, DAILY LIVING, DEVICES DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, WHEELCHAIR DESIGN.

 
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