Motorized Wheelchair Canopy

Team Members: Taylor Russell, Jenice Duong, Albert Ogenche, Shital Shrestha

Our Motorized Wheelchair Canopy exists as a convenient and innovative device that protects a user from inclement weather and successfully avoids the hassle of needing to deploy and retract a manual wheelchair canopy. Unlike the manual wheelchair canopies on the market today, our Motorized Wheelchair Canopy provides a user-friendly experience to keep users safe and comfortable and increases their quality of living.

Our Motorized Wheelchair Canopy intends to provide wheelchair users with protection from inclement weather, such as rain or extreme heat. Wheelchair users often have difficulties deploying and retracting manual wheelchair canopies, and have expressed interest in purchasing motorized wheelchair canopies to improve their quality of living. Although manual wheelchair canopies do exist, no type of motorized wheelchair canopy currently exists for purchase on the market today. Our Motorized Wheelchair Canopy provides an alternative for wheelchair users that need temporary protection from inclement weather. Residents of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation inspired this particular project, and we based much of the design of our Motorized Wheelchair Canopy on their input.

Our Motorized Wheelchair Canopy affixes to the back of a motorized wheelchair, and deploys and retracts when needed. The design uses a custom Printed Circuit Board that receives input from a Momentary Contact Switch attached to the motorized wheelchair armrest. The custom Printed Circuit Board drives motors powered by a 12V Lead-Acid Rechargeable Battery. The motors rotate a Potentiometer to regulate the extension and the retraction of the Motorized Wheelchair Canopy, verifying that it does not extend beyond its intended limits. Receiving input from residents at the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation throughout the project helped solidify the end design of the Motorized Wheelchair Canopy, and ensured that our Motorized Wheelchair Canopy satisfied their needs. Our project met the intended goal of providing a user-friendly method for enabling wheelchair users to protect themselves from inclement weather, providing wheelchair users with a better quality of living.