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Rowheel

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype wheelchair design to reduce repetitive-stress injuries of wheelchair users and those with mobility disabilities. The Rowheel is a manual wheelchair wheel designed for use by people with mobility and lower extremity disabilities or spinal cord injury and others who use a manual wheelchair. Rowheels use "planetary gears" configured to allow the wheels to rotate counter to the hand rim. This allows users to pull on the hand rim to go forward. Rowheels are geared such that users will experience a 31% decrease in strokes for a given distance relative to standard wheels. Rowheels also incorporate a hill assist feature that prevents rollback of the wheelchair as the user goes from one pulling stroke to the next. This wheel uses a 0.5-inch diameter quick-release axle. WEIGHT: Estimated final production weight will be less than 6 pounds per wheel. AUTHOR: Janet Fang. TITLE: NASA scientist reinvents the wheel(chair). WEBSITE: Smart Planet. REF: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/nasa-scientist-reinvents-the-wh....

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08/06/2013
Rowheel

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Rowheels, Inc.
Rowheels, Inc. Organization Type: 
Manufacturer
Address: 
3402 Viburnum Drive
53705 Madison , WI United States
Wisconsin US
Phone (U.S. and Canada): 
608-213-1207
Web Address: 
http://www.rowheels.com
 
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