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Unimo Electric Treaded Wheelchair

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of an electric wheelchair for hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Nano-Optonics Energy, a Japanese firm has unveiled "Unimo" a single-seat electric vehicle (EV) for hospitals and rehabilitation centers that features a comfortable chair with tank-like rubber treads. While not designed specifically for off-road travel, the treads on the Unimo wheelchair allow it to turn in place making it easier to navigate around hospital corners and in and out of small elevators. Its minimum turning radius is 0.6 meters. The treaded chair can climb a step up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) high and features an adjustable rear part of the seat that can be lifted to a 30-degree angle to assist the user with enter and exit the chair. It is controlled using a traditional joystick controller similar to thos on many electric wheelchairs. When the Unimo is travelling, the tilt of the seat can be controlled by electric power, and when a steep slope is detected by a sensor, the vehicle automatically stops and adjusts the tilt of the seat so that the user does not slide out of, or move back in, the seat. The Unimo is powered by two brushless DC motors whose output is 400W each. POWER: Uses a 48-Volt, 15 Ah lithium iron phosphate battery with a 5.5-hour charging time. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 1,000 x 695 x 880 millimeters. WEIGHT: 95-100 kilograms. SPEED: maximum speed of 6 kilometers/hour with a range of 20 kilometers. AUTHOR: Editors. TITLE: Unimo Electric Treaded Wheelchair to Negotiate Hospital Terrain. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF: http://www.medgadget.com/2013/04/unimo-electric-treaded-wheelchair-to-ne....


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Unimo Electric Treaded Wheelchair

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Nano-Optonics Energy Inc.
Nano-Optonics Energy Inc. Organization Type: 
Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory 36-1 Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku
606-8501 Kyoto Japan
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