Electric chairs are increasingly popular in the world of fitness, but how well are they safe?
One of the most common safety issues that comes up is falling out of the chair during use.
That’s why a group of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder is hoping to find out.
The team developed an electric wheelchair with an extra safety feature, a specialised electric scoop.
The scoop sits underneath the seat, and when the chair is turned over it automatically kicks up the chair.
“It’s very similar to the way a fork lift operates,” says Dr Matthew Stauffer, a co-author of the study.
“You can’t just flip the chair over and over again.”
Staufer, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, said the researchers developed the electric chair to replace the expensive and cumbersome chair lifts used by many older people.
“We found a way to build an electric chair that can be used safely and inexpensively,” he said.
The electric wheelchair design can be a bit complicated.
For example, it needs a set of wheels to turn, which means it’s only suitable for people who can walk up a set length of stairs.
Dr Stauff said the team also wanted to make the chair as lightweight as possible, because the electric scoop needs to weigh around 50kg to make it effective.
It also requires a set-up that’s less complicated than most other electric chairs, and that is also a key element of the electric wheelchair.
“The electric wheelchair is designed to be as simple as possible,” Stauffe said.
“There are a lot of pieces that you need to fit together to make a complete electric wheelchair, and we’ve taken the time to make sure we have everything in place to get it up and running.”
The electric chair uses two electrical coils to move the chair, so it needs to be powered using batteries.
The two coils of the wheelchair also work together to provide power.
The wheelchair can be powered by solar panels or an electrical motor.
“To make it safer, we’ve added some extra safety features,” Stauer said.
He added that the electric scoops and scoop also help reduce the likelihood of people falling out the chair at any time.
The chair design is already being tested in the lab.
“Our team has been working on this project for the past few months,” he says.
“I’m very excited to get the chair out in the field and see what people are going to think.”