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teri
05-29-2000, 06:46 PM
Imagine that you could design a personal mobility vehicle that solves all the problems and obstacles posed by people and the physical environment... What would you install as standard accessories?

Reclining seats with footrests...
Laser messaging system to project messages and designs onto surfaces in front of you (oh that could be fun...),,,
rumble seats for passengers...
Headlights, tail lights, turning signals...
A little bicycle bell, or maybe a blast horn...

Piper
05-29-2000, 07:30 PM
.....and a simple but necessary item: a cup holder!

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TheHendrixFamily
05-30-2000, 01:58 AM
don't forget a personal cooling device or even better a small a/c that blows on both you and the pusher.that would be so sssswwwweeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!

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SueM in MN
05-30-2000, 05:06 AM
i'd like something practical - all surfaces on the wheelchair that can bump into anything be coated with some type of protectant so they don't leave scratches. Written as I look at all the wheelchair footrest and brake scratches on my kitchen cabinets.
I would also order a popup umbrella/sunvisor that is completely invisible and pops up automatically when needed (with a manual override button, of course).

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BuckeyeBelle
05-30-2000, 10:26 AM
OK, Our fantasy wheelchair would be like the GADGETMOBILE... complete with the extendo-wheels to let you sail over the crowds... a smart-aleck voice that tells off people who come too close or try to lean on the chair... turbo speed for when you want to get somewhere reeeeeally fast... oh, and the automatic skittles and beverage dispenser would be great too!

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teri
05-30-2000, 12:33 PM
An extremely lightweight, power-assist, extra-large sit&stand stroller suitable for a 7 yo and 9 yo, with an extra pull-out seat for me... and a place to stand while I am powering it... I like the instant pop-out umbrella or visor idea, and the air conditioning. The handles have to be padded to protect my arthritic hands. There also needs to be an automatic child retrieval system, and some kind of 'pause button' device for use during tantrums and outbursts so we can move out of the crowd. A small powered cooler to keep iced drinks would be handy. And, of course, reclining chairs that can turn into cots. A bicycle bell...

SueOKW
05-30-2000, 04:43 PM
Teri - that sounds great - is it fold-able too? ahhhh to dream...

Sue

teri
05-31-2000, 11:08 AM
It is fully collapsible (with a safety, of course) to the size of a 2-way radio (included, by the way!) and fits in your fanny pack.
Those cupholders need to be refrigerated on hot days, heated on cold ones...

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06-01-2000, 08:14 AM
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teri
06-01-2000, 10:16 AM
My goodness!!! Thanks!
Hey, dreaming is good!

teri
06-01-2000, 11:14 AM
Bob Doolittle wrote:
>
> Don't forget a GPS and internet-map access device so you know where you are
> at all times.

and an automatic delivery system, you just speak your destination into the device... and it automatically clears a path and takes you there while you play games with the kids...

WDW-with-kids
06-01-2000, 03:07 PM
On electric ones what about 360 degree powered turn radius ON EACH WHEEL so the vehicle can move perfectly horozontal or vertical or at an oblique! Think of all the problems in resteraunts this could make go away for the chair bound!

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SueOKW
06-01-2000, 05:07 PM
Good luck to you Teri!
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SueM in MN
06-02-2000, 04:28 PM
Good luck to you in the contest, teri.

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Wheelsie
06-11-2000, 04:25 PM
when this thread was originally posted I had to sit and think about what I wanted.... but being too tired the last couple days or so I never got around to posting...I have one thing to say...

YOU STOLE ALL MY IDEAS!!!! LOL /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif What did you guys come in while I was sleeping and crain my ideas from my mind??? LOL

oh! and someone thought of one think I hadnt... a navagation system like the cars have now a days.... that ONSTAR system... that would be GREAT!!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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teri
06-11-2000, 05:49 PM
some day we have to become highly-paid consultants to Personal Mobility Vehicle designers... no more of these jobs and chores that tire you out so!

Ahhh, a dream job...

SueM in MN
06-11-2000, 08:49 PM
I'll provide a test pilot. She's already broken things on wheelchairs that the companies have said are unbreakable.{

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Wheelsie
06-11-2000, 08:55 PM
Shoot!! when your handi....there is NO SUCH THING as unbreakable LOL.... thats why I wonder why ins companies only let ud get a new one ever 4 or 5 yrs LOL

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SueOKW
06-12-2000, 07:21 AM
Exactly right in both cases! Heck, my son can't even move his - we all push him - but somehow his less than 1-yo chair frame is bent...

The school blames the bus driver for tying it down too hard. The school had to contract the bus - as they never bought a small enough hc bus to come down our skinny little dead end street (we live in a lake community - typical is 5-6 houses per private road, which is only one lane wide...)

So - lot's of finger pointing, and no responsibility. The right wheel hardly touches the ground! Who can I get to fix it? I have no idea, and I WORK for my insurance company....
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teri
06-12-2000, 01:14 PM
and the technicians and mechanics are trained on site at Disney World, and have to come back for mandatory, paid continuing education programs every year... so they really want to keep their jobs and do it right. And when your chair breaks, you get to come to WDW for a replacement model while yours is being upgraded, and the whole trip is covered under the warranty... and you also get the opportunity to test newer models and trade up for one if you want, for free.

SueM in MN
06-16-2000, 05:06 AM
I thought of something else -
When you get to the ride, the mobility device will automatically hop onto the ride (fast or slow, rider's choice for those adventurous people). That would need a parental overide button so you could keep the kid from hopping on too fast.
For those places where you want to get out of the chair, it would need an occupant unloader to gently lift you out and place you into the ride seat. I'd also like it to have a "seat attraction" device that holds you onto the ride seats that are slippery.
One other thing, a force field, so no one can get too close. That would have to have automatic friend detection, so you could control who can approach.

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Piper
06-16-2000, 02:12 PM
I like the force field idea--that would keep those people who jump in front of you and trip, or just stop in front of you from getting hit. /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

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teri
06-16-2000, 02:56 PM
so you could instantly go where you want, although it might be more fun to use it on people who step into the path, or lean against you... hmmm. where might they end up... someplace nice, I am sure, where they will get subliminal messages about mobility etiquette and awareness. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

teri
11-21-2000, 12:59 PM
a fun bump. I miss these old posts...

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pugdog
11-21-2000, 07:12 PM
The one item that everyone forgot about is just an oldfasioned cattleclearer like on old trains! <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif" alt="razz"> <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif" alt="razz"> :D :D ;)

lisapooh
11-25-2000, 06:38 PM
Well, my Jazzy is almost the dream chair but I could use a few things. A cup holder (cooled and heated as desired), a canopy for sun with attached sides to drop when it rains, a writing board (getting that with a standard cup holder. called the buddy system), a cover over the wiring in back and a retractible power cord. The ability to sit up, recline or go completely flat for a nap.

Doesn't quite go sideways but it already turns inside the monorail and the bus aisle. Turns almost in place. Has a key to disengage the control tiller so it can be left with no fear of someone taking it but can be free wheeled if necessary. Control tiller can be retracted to sit at the table. Pride Jazzy comes close to a dream and with a few accessories it will be.
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teri
04-13-2001, 11:30 PM
bump :cool:

SylviaM
04-14-2001, 11:40 AM
aw, poop, Teri... :(

I am new to the world of scooters and such..
are you telling me that there isnt one like that available?? :D :D <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif" alt="razz"> :D :D

LOL!

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teri
04-14-2001, 04:20 PM
Hey, we can dream, can't we?
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Wheelsie
04-14-2001, 04:51 PM
ok my fantasy wheelchair attachment is work related....


Id like to be able to recline my manual chair and have an air pillow that inflates as your back and head lowers so I can rest my back from draping myself over my desk all night :)

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teachbrooks
04-16-2001, 06:59 PM
How about a 6 year or 100000 miles warranty on all parts that includes an automatic update every 2 years outfitting the chair with the newest and best equipment out there as a part of that warranty?

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SueM in MN
04-16-2001, 08:39 PM
Wheelsie and teachbrooks have good accessories. At this point, I would just be happy for a wheelchair that doesn't break unitl it's at least 2 years old. DD's manula chair is only about 18 months old and alreasdy she has broken the footrests so they sometimes don't lock. The chest guide (not sure what you call it, but it's on the back of her chair to try to keep her centered. Well, she's leaned on it so much that she's sheared off the bolts twice and that side of the back won't stay where it belongs anymore.
If we can't get one that doesn't break, I'd settle for a self healing one that fixes itself overnight.

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teachbrooks
04-17-2001, 08:18 AM
As a sibling, I would have appreciated the attached first aid kit to fix the ouchies caused from my sister getting me back with her chair as the chosen weapon. (Handicapped does not mean that she cannot fend for herself against siblings in normal spats)
On a more serious note if trivial, we (my sister and I0 always wanted color coordinated upholstery to match her outfits. I know this is trivial but it was important to us girls. I made pillows and covers but we couldn't get the effect we wanted.

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teri
10-13-2001, 01:06 AM
I was doing a search on scooter tips, and I came across this thread, and I saw Sylvia's gentle humor, and just got inspired to bump it. :)

teri
03-25-2002, 12:52 AM
It has been ages since I thought of this thread... :) Can't help but bump an old favorite from time to time. :)

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03-26-2002, 05:06 AM
What would the DIS be without our classic threads??

Cheshire Figment
03-30-2002, 07:32 PM
One necessary item is an air horn to assist in clearing a route.

On a serious note, on my last trip I saw a person with a powered wheelchair that was towing a wheeled platform about one foot square. His wife stood on the platform and held on to handles on the back of the chair. The handles were just for balancing purposes. Judy tried it out and found that it worked very well and was very confortable. I would want to see a tow bar mounted on ECVs, along with the availability of such a platform which could be easily (but very securely) attached and some type of handle or bar that could again be easily (but securely) attached to the ECV. It would also have to be available for rental units. HOWEVER, I think that short-term rentals (such as Disney's) should not have them available, as they are most often used by people with no experience. The longer term rentals (a week or more) should be able to have them as most people who go to the outside companies have already used them in the past.

Talking Hands
03-30-2002, 08:00 PM
Last year I saw a power wheelcahir with a baby seat attached in the front. The baby faced the out so it could see the world. People can be really ingenious in accessorizing their wheelchairs.

Wheelsie
11-16-2002, 02:54 PM
Thought this thread needed a new life :)

Cheshire Figment
11-16-2002, 05:09 PM
I tried to buy a portable boat horn which uses a cannister of compressed air. However, I found out that these are designed to be heard by boats several hundred yards away and can actually be unsafe if directed against people close buy. Oh well, it was a good idea while it lasted.

A few years ago at the shop at Pirates they sold very large (about one foot diameter) crape paper flowers on a four foot stick. One of these could be mounted in an ECV cane holder; it would increase being visible.

Talking Hands
11-16-2002, 06:11 PM
New accessories I need or want. A horn that is loud enough to make people get out of my way but not loud enough to damage their ears.
A decent cane holder.
Seats that change from cloth to vinyl and back so I don't have to worry about rain.
And a cover over the contrller to keep out the rain but allow my hand to fit in.
A higher back like a car seat .
A way to control it so I can continue signing and moving at the same time.
And a for class a swing away desk top.

SueM in MN
11-16-2002, 06:15 PM
DD and I were at a workshop on storytelling today. One of the other girls at the workshop has a power wheelchair that she drives with a headrest control. She has a small access screen mounted in front of her where she can see what mode (level of pwoer and some other controls) she is in. The stroryteller thought that it told lots of other things like temperature and that got me to thinking. All the screen on my DD's power wheelchair tells is what mode she is in, but it might be nice to have some other things, like temperature, direction, maybe something that senses how close she is to a curb, since she has visual perceptual probelms that make it hard for her to tell how close she is to the edge of curbs.

faeflora
11-16-2002, 07:36 PM
I use a Ti Sport Titanium chair so it is very easy to maneuver in crowds however people never see or hear me coming so I would love an electronic divise like a car safety alarm that would say to people around me "you are to close to the wheelchair"...or..."please step away from the wheelchair". This way I have room to move and don't get stepped on as easily.

And I totally agree with the built in umbrella that would be awesome.

I also would love an instant defrost on the rims of the chair so as you
move from air conditioning to heat or heat to air the rims stay dry so you still have traction to push.

faeflora
11-16-2002, 07:42 PM
I use a Ti Sport Titanium chair so it is very easy to maneuver in crowds however people never see or hear me coming so I would love an electronic divise like a car safety alarm that would say to people around me "you are to close to the wheelchair"...or..."please step away from the wheelchair". This way I have room to move and don't get stepped on as easily.

And I totally agree with the built in umbrella that would be awesome.

I also would love an instant defrost on the rims of the chair so as you
move from air conditioning to heat or heat to air the rims stay dry so you still have traction to push.

sneezy1956
11-25-2002, 01:01 PM
I love these! I would like to have heated and cooled leather seats :) I think that would be the ultimate. I love the heated leather seats in my car. They make life so much nicer on days the back is in spasms :)

Safari Steve
11-25-2002, 11:13 PM
~Roll-on cars for Mansion.
~some sort of device to minimize the force required to push uphill (on a manual chair... not an engine)
~How about a "cow-catcher" mounted to the front for navigating the parks?

SueM in MN
11-26-2002, 07:58 PM
You're into the spirit, Steve!
And I like the heated seat and rims. Here in Minnesota I am worried about the gel in DD's seat getting too cold.