A Human Centred Design of Electric Wheelchair Controller with Dual Control Access for Both Drivers of Disabled People and Caregiver

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Kuang Ma

Otago Polytechnic 100 ANZAC Ave, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Tom Ziming Qi

Otago Polytechnic 100 ANZAC Ave, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4034742 History: Received January 26, 2016; Revised August 18, 2016


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 caregiver. This design applied human centred design frameworks, processes and tools: Kumar's seven modes of the design innovation process, and IDEO 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 proof the design concept; and in further, the method of control switching between people in and behind the wheelchair has been optimised with the established prototype.

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