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Brock Roberts

Nextek Mobility Corporation is developing a new steering concept to produce a more agile power wheelchair with superior maneuverability and stability. This new concept, developed by Nextek, is called Parallel-All Wheel Steering (PAWS). Nextek was awarded a Phase I SBIR by the NICHD to demonstrate the potential benefits of this technology. Phase I sponsored the design, construction and ANSI/RESNA testing of several PAWS prototypes. The Phase I results demonstrated the technology can be safely, effectively and economically applied to expand the capabilities of power wheelchair users. Phase II was awarded to Nextek in April 2000, to continue the development of the technology by incorporating user input, engineering evaluations by field experts, and ANSI/RESNA testing into the design. A comprehensive user study coupled with engineering testing and evaluation sponsored by the NICHD will continue the evolution of the PAWS concept and consummate in a commercial product.

Last Reviewed: 11/30/2012
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