19 août 2007
This morning I stumbled on a home grown Australian wheelchair. I don't suppose it will ever make its way to Europe but it looks interesting,. There is a lengthy video associated with the website - it gives me a feeling that this chair is to be an extension of a car or an office, not something you would go traipsing around a city with to do you shopping.
Anyway the Baribunma Wheelchair is billed as user led design -
Baribunma Holdings was formed in 2001 to develop an idea. The concept was that a wheelchair could be built which would be able to adjust itself to a range of environments rather than modifying environments to suit the dimensions and peculiarities of the wheelchair. The rationale was that significant cost savings would exist for wheelchair users in that environmental modifications would be minimised.
After two years of full-time research and development, the Company was able to produce a prototype of the Baribunma Wheelchair for compliance testing. The primary aim was to achieve ADR 3/02 compliance which involved a satisfactory automotive "crash test". The RTA "CrashLab" Report has been reproduced as Appendix 1 to this document. Our research has so far indicated that no other electric wheelchair has reached this standard. Achieving this milestone has created enormous interest in the Baribunma Wheelchair and significant investment in the Company.
The Baribunma Wheelchair is certified to the standards of an automotive seat whilst in its lowered automotive configuration and can be raised to a normal electrically-powered wheelchair height when removed from the vehicle. It can also be safely operated at any position in-between. This allows the user to "fit" the chair under tables and to "transfer" more easily.
Published by eleanor
18 octobre 2006
Getting onto the car
The driving station
© photos by Peter Atkinson
I finally tracked down the Quovis dealers in UK. I thought I'd really like to have one of them - they look so cool. I persuaded them to come and give me a demo. As I knew some people at Coventry University might also like to have a look especially thae car design department - I told them about it and a few of them did come along.
It is nice and compact. I drove into it quite easily. I must say i did not have the guts to take it out for a spin in the small car park with everybody looking on. The controls were not difficult - mostly pull and not push and pull which used to throw me. There is no power steering although I was told that the car is very responsive to the wheel. I am quite short and I found that I could not move forward because there is a box which portrudes from the floor which is too tall for my Invacare Storm.
car locking system
I will have to use a different chair with a high cushion in order to see out of the car. It only goes a maximum of 50 miles an hour and you are not advised to go on the motorway with it.
I asked myself if I really needed it. Parking would not be easy - you need a clear 2 metres to be able to get out. Coventry is ringed by the the ring road - the city centre is not very big. The chasisis quite low, not for speed bumps of which they are a few around. It is definitely a city car though.
Published by eleanor