Wednesday, January 27, 2010
New Wheelchair Wheels Light Up The Night
Wheelchairs would be dangerous for open ride especially when users go out during dark night. Designers Mingoo Kim, Yunjin Chang, and Sueun Park have come up with the “Roll Charge Light Protect” Project, an idea that demonstrates a concept wheelchair that has lights for other people to notice the wheelchair, offering a remarkable safety system. This lights get power from movements of the wheels, thus, it is a good way to save energy. There are a set of LEDs under the wheel cover that glows brightly during the night. A magnet is helping generating electricity by rotating and the generated electricity is conveyed by the Coil to the LEDs. The wheel and the magnet are bridged with a Gear, protected by a Small Cover. The LCD panel shows readings about remaining amount of electricity and how long the user will be able to use it.