Silent Sharktopus Research

Idea from Design Retreat:

-myRamp: A retractable wheelchair ramp. A product that can be detached and attached to different types of wheelchairs.

Existing Product 1:

Name: Access4U Portable Folding Ramp

Link: http://abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&top=10812&ksectionid=0&productid=191562&trail=0&discontinued=0

Image: Image

Key features:

– Welded aluminum.

– Dimensions (l*w): 2,3,4,5 or 6ft * 30 or 36 inches. Portable and foldable.

– Weight: 18-41 pounds.

– Weight capacity: 600 pounds

Similarities:

-Portable ramps

-Light

-Able to carry heavy weight

Possible improvements:

– Become an attachment to wheelchairs instead of an entirely separated product.

– The attachment will be able to detach

Existing Product 2:

Name: BigDog

Link: http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_bigdog.html

Image: Image

Key features:

– Ability to handle a wide variety of terrains including sand, snow, cement etc.

– Ability to carry heavyweight

– Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a gyroscope, LIDAR and a stereo vision system.

Similarities:

– Handle wide variety of terrains

– Ability to carry heavyweight

Possible Improvement:

– None

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