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    Date submitted
  • 14-Apr-2016

Mc HandPedal®

Abstract

This Invention is a hand propulsion device to be fitted to the axle of the majority of wheelchairs on the market around the world today

Many wheelchairs today are self propelled by the means of a hand rail surrounding the outer rim of the wheelchair wheel.

This can be hard work on hills or long journeys. Alternatively, this can also be difficult on a person's arms, shoulders and elbow joints. Many of the wheelchair propulsion devices on the market today are of the push and pull configuration, which all extend past the wheel and tire rims of the wheelchairs where your arms are pushed to full extension and pulled back towards your stomach and chest.

This invention is for an alternative manual means of wheelchair propulsion which is attached to the rear large wheels axle of wheelchairs and driven by means of pressure onto a handle in circular motions within the outer rims of the wheelchair wheels. This device, the wheel winder is extendable to the outer wheel rim as well as retractable to be close to the wheels axle, also with gearing so a number of methods of pressure for propulsion can be used.

This also would be used by means to slow a person down using the HandPedal attached to a wheelchair. A pawl switch is attached for forward rotation, rear rotation, locked position & neutral.

The wheelchair hand wheel winder which is fitted to the axle of both large rear wheels of wheelchairs, Is either fitted into place at manufacture at the axle, as a socket where the wheel winder can be fitted and detached quickly by ball joint quick release mechanism, or as an attachment to the axle and surrounding area making the socket sturdy fit to the outer axle, this will show no movement whatsoever so as not to buckle or damage the spokes or relevant wheel design that is in place.

Then the wheel winder simply slots into the socket of the wheelchairs wheel, locking into position and released if needed to.

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Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

Wheelchair users Globally giving further independence to the users to climb hills & go on longer distances with further independence without the use of batteries in all electric wheelchairs.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Designed to be suitable with a 4 geared HandPedal's for the Health Services around the world and so putting a stop to the mass of use of electric wheelchairs and there battery waste that is un-recyclable & left in decaying the environment all around. This will help all disabled especially the young & elderly giving them further independence that they could not do before due to the lack of independence of electric wheelchairs. The 8 Geared HandPedal is 16 cogs to complete the gearing, This will be perfect to fit on racing wheelchair for power Olympians adding a new faster racing section. Also is perfect for all disabled athletes and keep fit fanatics.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Its new, cheaper than all other products, never seen before, helps people get around easier, versatile, helps with hills and long distance helping people keep fit without trying.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

No team as yet is required. Advantage is there is nothing similar out there on today global market today.