Beaver Country Day School
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Automated robotic vehicular independence system
The Beaver Country Day School InvenTeam invented a quasi-autonomous device that carries secured cargo for persons in a wheelchair or who need hands-free mobility. Unlike current wheelchair backpacks and tethered trailers, this unit follows the user wirelessly, reducing the physical and cognitive workload on the user. It weighs 30 lb and can carry 50 lb. The system's modularity allows it to accept different configurations depending on the specific user's needs. The device can be adapted for use in houses and public areas. The alpha prototype cost $2,500 to fabricate.