The Assist in Standing Car SeatBy Majcher, Nicholas; Mollendorf, Joseph C.; NSF 2008 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 144-145
Publication Date: 2011
Description of a car seat modified to assist those who have trouble exiting an automobile. Designed by an engineering student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, The Assist in Standing Car Seat has three main components: (1) a conventional seat with basic functions including the ability to slide back and forth and maintain its tilt function, (2) a pneumatic device that fills an expandable container with air and then releases the air when the device is no longer in use, and (3) a plate system attached at one end with a hinge to allow the plates to separate in an angular fashion. The pneumatic system uses an air compressor attached to a ball through a system of hoses bisected by a release valve that allows the air to leave the ball, which is in turn placed between two aluminum plates in the plate system. The plate and pneumatic system are attached to the modified car seat. The user turns the pump on with a switch installed on the chair, expanding the ball and causing the seat to tilt, easing the user out of the chair. With the use of different sliders that attach the seat to the car, the seat can be installed in a variety of vehicles. Total project cost was about 120 dollars.
Published by: Creative Learning Press, Inc. (Website:http://www.creativelearningpress.com)
Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2008/Chapter%208,%20State%20University%20of%20New%20York%20at%20Buffalo.pdf