Fueling the next generation of assistive technologies.
The aim of Power-Up! is to adapt an existing power add-on used by people who self-propel their wheelchairs so that it provides an optimal level of proportional assistance and incorporates fuel cell technology to drastically reduce the weight of the device. This will have considerable benefits for people who self-propel their wheelchairs and those who are assisted by others and increase the independence of wheelchairs users.
The addition of a modular, lighter power source combined with an intuitive interface offers the possibility of a paradigm shift in powered mobility for the estimated 750,000 – 1.2 million wheelchair users in England, roughly 1% - 2% of the UK population.