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RIWC_PARA_A152 hacking wheelchairs with open design, digital fabrication and the maker movement


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RIWC_PARA_A152 hacking wheelchairs with open design, digital fabrication and the maker movement

  1. 1. DisruptDisability @hackonwheels
  2. 2. The Problem
  3. 3. Founder and Director Rachael Wallach Cambodia, 2013
  4. 4. Founder and Director Rachael Wallach Cambodia, 2013
  5. 5. To give freedom and independence a wheelchair needs to be customized to the body, lifestyle and environment of its user.
  6. 6. With traditional design, manufacture and distribution customization comes with a prohibitive price. £££
  7. 7. Wheelchair users have limited choice and control over customizing their wheelchairs.
  8. 8. Worldwide, 65 million people need a wheelchair.
  9. 9. 8 of every 10 people who need a wheelchair cannot access one that meets their needs. That’s 52 million people.
  10. 10. The Inspiration
  11. 11. e-NABLE
  12. 12. Paul, Denise & the Autodesk community
  13. 13. Open Bionics
  14. 14. The Question
  15. 15. What would happen if we disrupted the design, manufacture and distribution of wheelchairs, with user innovation, open source design and distributed manufacture?
  16. 16. What would happen if we created an online library of open source designs and instructions for making fully customisable wheelchairs that anyone can freely use, adapt and develop?
  17. 17. What would happen if we developed a community of makers and people who need wheelchairs: connected, inspired and enabled to create fully customised wheelchairs?
  18. 18. The Solution
  19. 19. “I’m not a wheelchair user. I wear my wheels.” It’s not a medical device, it’s wearable tech…
  20. 20. A modular design with customizable, interchangeable parts
  21. 21. The wheelchair user is in control… Wheelchair Wearer Design Therapist Manufacture Customization
  22. 22. Open Source Design Library designs with i Virtual Wheelchair Service Customized Wheelchairs Open source design files for core wheelchair modules and components Hackathons, design challenges & a platform enable users & designers to develop & adapt designs Completed designs with instructions for how to make them System and specification of wheelchair modules, components and interfaces Fitting platform that enables the wearer to fit and customize their wheelchair Sensor platform that gives the wearer feedback on correct usage In well resourced settings individuals select a design, customize it & send it to a manufacturer In less resourced settings NGOs adapt designs through local hackathons to enable local manufacture Charity Company Partnerships
  23. 23. The Progress
  24. 24. 120 people have attended #HackOnWheels hackathons 150 organisations supporting #HackOnWheels 1000 members of the #HackOnWheels movement
  25. 25. Volunteer design team creating a modular system We’re starting to build our library on Wevolver #HackOnWheels design brief for the RSA Student Design Awards, sponsored by GDI Hub
  26. 26. We’re disrupting disability.
  27. 27. Join us.
  28. 28. Twitter: @HackOnWheels Website: Email: