SenseWheel

  • SenseWheel

    SenseWheel

    The Sensewheel is a lightweight wheel for wheelchair users with embedded load cells and accelerometers to measure how the wheelchair is being utilised. 

  • The Technology

    The Technology

    The instrumentation is very lightweight, low cost, potentially showerproof, and enables immediate feedback to the user about the style of propulsion, enabling quick corrections to be assessed.

  • Dr Cathy Holloway

    Dr Cathy Holloway

    Catherine is a co-inventor of the SenseWheel and has just been awarded seed investment of £40k through the Health Social Innovators’ Programme.


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Forces acting between the pushrim and the drivewheel are sensed by several strain gauged load cells

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SenseWheel has been designed by the BIG@PAMELA team based within the UCL’s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering.

SenseWheel

The Sensewheel is a lightweight wheel for wheelchair users with embedded load cells and accelerometers to measure how the wheelchair is being utilised, thereby gathering data to refine the individual’s rehabilitation programme using movement metrics. It has been designed by the BIG@PAMELA team based within the UCL’s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, and developed at the John Scales centre for Biomedical Engineering at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science at Stanmore.

The Technology

The instrumentation is very lightweight, low cost, potentially showerproof, and enables immediate feedback to the user about the style of propulsion, enabling quick corrections to be assessed. Forces acting between the pushrim and the drivewheel are sensed by several strain gauged load cells. Data are digitised and transmitted to a separate data logger for processing and data display. The aim is for the user to have immediate feedback on their pushing efficiency displayed on their SmartPhone.

The Philosophy

Accessibility information for wheelchair users should, in the main, be delivered by wheelchair users who will have a much greater understanding of their needs than any non-wheelchair user may have. In addition this information needs to be current and so constantly updated. Inherent in this approach is the belief that such a data set would be useful to town planners and also medical practitioners working in the areas of rehabilitation and wheelchair provision. In this regard it is an innovation leap in terms of the usual approaches to accessibility.

The SenseWheel has been co-developed with the Transport Accessibility Rehabilitation Services Advisory Network (TARSAN). TARSAN was founded to ensure users of rehabilitation and transport services can have an active voice in shaping the research carried out at UCL and the Royal National orthopaedic Hospital.