This is a universal powerhouse for any Manual wheelchair and not to be viewed as an electric wheelchair just a helping hand
About this project
The Wheelchair Butler is a quick and easy attachment that connects to a manual wheelchair allowing the user the opportunity of independence and comfortability without the deterrence of getting tired. I am looking to get funding in order to continue the patent process and make this creation a true reality for others that may benefit from this product. There are some more improvements I need to make and the ability to develop the product for the end user. I would want to have parts milled to make this prototype more refined. Independence, affordability, convenience, durability, and style are key factors when I thought about this design. My projected cost of the unit would be $700.00 – $1,000.00. If I am successful in reaching my funding goal and gaining the support, that would allow me to donate one unit to a wounded Veteran per every 100 units sold.
Risks and challenges
The challenges I have faced where modifying the hover board to use with a hand control, some of the electronics inside the hover board are not being used. Another challenge was the mounting system to the wheelchair without damaging the finish of the chair. I overcame my challenges by being persistent and pursing other options. Some unexpected obstacles I see facing may be manufactures would not produce in small quantities, conflicting patents, and someone patenting my concept. I am trying to avoid going through insurance companies by making this affordable for those with disabilities on a fixed income.