Toddler Mobility Device

Technology #d-1349

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Sebastian Bahamonde
Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Edwin Erlbacher
Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Joshua Silver
Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
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Provisional Patent Application Filed

For parents of children with disabilities, extremely expensive power chairs may be purchased for children above the age of five. These chairs are generally tall, bulky, and difficult to transport. But for parents of disabled children below the age of five, there are no options on the market for chairs that will allow the child freedom to move, or means to develop cognitive spatial awareness, which is crucial between the ages three to five. 

This technology is a mobility device that provides children with disabilities under five years the means to achieve self initiated mobility. With a light weight, portable frame and low cost, this device permits children to safely move on their own so as to develop cognitive spatial awareness and advance mentally at rates appropriate for their age range. 

Link to news report: http://www.kcbd.com/story/34002252/new-device-from-ttu-engineers-promises-life-changing-mobility-for-disabled-kids 

Reference Number: D-1349 

Market Applications: 

  • Disabled children under the age of five 

Features, Benefits, & Advantages: 

  • Cheap and portable
  • Allows disabled children to develop cognitive skills before the age of five
  • Permits disabled children under the age of five to move on their own 

Intellectual Property: A US provisional patent, serial number 62431197, was filed on 12/7/16. 

Development Stage: The invention has been reduced to practice. 

Researchers:

  • Sebastian Bahamonde, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • Edwin Erlbacher, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • Joshua Silver, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 

Keywords: power chair, toddler mobility device