We are happy to announce that we have partnered with Phoenix Instinct to design and manufacture an intelligent wheelchair.
Our Managing Director, David King, supported Andrew Slorance in the Toyota Mobility competition. Phoenix Instinct have reached the final along with 4 other companies who have all received $500K funding each.
Makar Technologies will be designing and manufacturing the electro-mechanical sub-systems as part of the final proposed solution.
A link and further information on the finalists can be found below:
The Phoenix AI wheelchair is an ultra-lightweight manual wheelchair made from carbon-fiber. Using smart sensors the chair will configure itself to what the user is doing so it remains in sync with how the user moves. The sensors detect if the user is leaning forward or back, algorithms will calculate the wheelchair’s response. The Phoenix Ai will have many smart functions never before seen in wheelchairs, at the core is intelligent centre of gravity. The chair will continually adjust its centre of gravity to fit what the user is doing making for a chair that is easier to push and turn by eliminating drag and uncomfortable, painful vibration while also making the chair safe from falling backwards. Intelligent, lightweight power assist will make slopes easier to ascend while automatic braking will remove the need for users to grip the wheels to slow down.
As a company, we are very passionate about this market and continue to support other applications with innovative designs and manufacturing.