Wheelchair with Torso Stabilization
This invention discloses a wheelchair with a novel torso stabilization device. People with certain injuries lose their ability to control stabilizing muscles that allow them to participate in everyday activities, some critical to living a �normal� lifestyle. The present invention allows users the freedom of movement with the addition of torso stabilization. The on-demand torso stabilization is provided by incorporating a magnet to the wheelchair�s backrest. The magnet is activated or disabled with a switch mounted on the armrest. The wheelchair user wears a special harness similar to a shoulder brace, the back of which contains a piece of steel or woven steel mesh fabric. When in need of torso stabilization the magnet can be engaged and binds the user to the backrest thereby providing torso stability.
The technology can be applied to manufacture wheelchairs for people with spinal cord injuries. It can also be incorporated in power chairs, scooters, automotive seating, vehicle lifts, and hospital beds.
Stage of Development
A formal patentability opinion is being considered at this time. This technology has been demonstrated to work in proof-of-concept experiments and includes a working prototype. It is available for licensing under either exclusive or non-exclusive terms.
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