This paper presents a design process of a novel electric wheelchair controller to enable a dual control access for both the users in the wheelchair and their caregivers. This design applied human-centered design frameworks, processes, and tools: Kumar's seven modes of the design innovation process and IDEO, Palo Alto, CA, design method cards. After such design process, a design of dual control access controller of an electric wheelchair is established. A real-size prototype has been built to prove the design concept; and further, the method of control switching between people in and behind the wheelchair has been optimized with the established prototype.
A Human-Centered Design of Electric Wheelchair Controller With Dual Control Access for Both Drivers of Disabled People and Caregiver
Contributed by the Design Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received January 26, 2016; final manuscript received August 18, 2016; published online February 16, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Charlie C.L. Wang.
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Ma, K., and Qi, Z. (February 16, 2017). "A Human-Centered Design of Electric Wheelchair Controller With Dual Control Access for Both Drivers of Disabled People and Caregiver." ASME. J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng. September 2017; 17(3): 031005. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4034742
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