Remote controlled unmanned power-chair
June 15, 2008
Ok, My idea...
I have reason to need a bluetooth or r/f remote controlable powered wheelchair. To be able to remotely turn it on (& off) and manouvre it from an outdoor shelter over to a freshly parked car's drivers door.
What I have at the moment is just the base power chair:
Powertec F50 by Sunrise Medical
What I wish to do as much as is possible is to leave the current set-up as it is, and to add the propsed r/c system to work along side it.
perhaps you can help, I am not a robot builder. Assuming this project idea interests you I'll continue...
I'm not sure how much you've studied the typical design of an electric wheelchair, but on the Powertec F50 basically there's the control joystick pod (Lets call it a peripheral device) which has a wire running to the back of the machine (socket & plug) under the seat to the main controller box (brain thingy).
I guess what would be ideal is if where that lead plugs in had a 'splitter' on it so that an R/C receiver relay peripheral device could be spliced in and the original unmolested brain-controller could get the motion inputs from either input peripheral.
Not sure what you think of that but I'd want to be able to keep the original joystick pod as standard and functional as possible, once in the seat it would be used to direct the chair as normal.