Currently, commercially available power wheelchairs may not be affordable by low income families especially in developing countries. Moreover, these don't have computers and sensors on-board to enable smart safety behave to aid navigation. The UC San Diego Smart Open Source Wheelchair will deliver an affordable modular design that can be replicated around the world and used as a testbed for future development in healthcare safety for patient that requires use of wheelchairs.
We are a team of undergraduate students with a goal of designing a smart wheelchair that can potentially change the lives of many people who struggle with permanent debilitating diseases that cause mobility and motor control. This research is lead by Ph. D. Jack Silberman, an engineering lecturer at UC San Diego with over 20 years of industry experience in medtech, robotics, and biotech. The smart wheelchair project is providing our team opportunities for medical and robotics research in the area of Quality of Life (QOL) which will help them develop into professional engineers with applicable skills when they enter the job field while providing an open source hardware and software design.