Independent Wheelchair Assist (IWA) : Motorized Add-on for Wheelchair by Oscar Fernandez

For wheelchair bound people, it would be great to be able to travel freely to destination outside their home independently. Independent Wheelchair Assist (IWA) is more like a motorized add-on, a temporary power assist device for manual wheelchair users in developed countries. Simply attach IWA from the rear using a small bracket to user’s wheelchair, this bracket slides into the mechanism located at the back of the device. So as the user moves forward, this system lifts the two front castor wheels above the ground then the bracket locks and secures the chair, distributing weight evenly across the four large wheels from IWA and user’s wheelchair. In this way, wheelchair user can easily travel outside his or her house and faster. Simply disconnect IWA when the destination is reached.

Designer : Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

The inspiration of Independent Wheelchair Assist (IWA) was this industrial designer Grandfather that has been in a wheelchair for more than 62-years due to accident at the age of 20. As he gets older, it becomes increasingly difficult to transfer himself from wheelchair to a mobility scooter to access his local community and interact with others. This issue happens to be suffered by many wheelchair users as well, therefore, it needs a smart solution to help these people. Independent Wheelchair Assist (IWA) has been designed with intention to provide an alternative device as in the market there are only products that lift the whole body into another device and the price is pretty expensive.

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

IWA - Independent Wheelchair Assist by Oscar Fernandez

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yskan says: March 1, 2013

That looks amazing!

Will it ever get in production? If so can you let me know about it?

Im running a website about wheelchairs and I would like to blog about it.

Thanks for your time.

Sue says: June 30, 2013

My mom is suffering from arthritis and she can hardly walk. I’m glad to have learned about Independent Wheelchair Assist (IWA). This could really help my mom a lot in terms of convenience so she could still do her usual activity even with wheelchairs. This is also a good thing so she could be freed from stress of becoming bed-ridden.







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