SQU re­ceives US patent for in­ven­tion of con­vert­ible wheel­chair

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In­vented by three stu­dents of Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity (SQU), a con­vert­ible wheel­chair for peo­ple with spe­cial needs, has been patented at the United States Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice (USPTO).

Stu­dents Basim Khal­fan al Nasseri, Yousuf Salim al Mushak­eri and Mustafa Suleiman al Shuaili are from the Depart­ment of Me­chan­i­cal and In­dus­trial En­gi­neer­ing at the Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, SQU.

The patent ap­pli­ca­tion for the in­ven­tion was filed on May 18.

The in­ven­tion, an elec­tric chair for peo­ple with spe­cial needs, fea­tures mul­ti­ple mo­tor mech­a­nisms. The chair can be con­verted into a bed by press­ing a but­ton on the con­trol de­vice. It fea­tures a mech­a­nism for move­ment of the legs and knee ex­er­cises for the user, which can be con­trolled by the de­vice. These fea­tures are self-con­trolled by the user with­out the need to have an as­sis­tant.

The wheel­chair is ex­pected to ease the job of health­care providers and med­i­cal staff in han­dling pa­tients in ur­gent cases and ease the ef­fort to move the pa­tient from the chair to the bed and vice versa. The con­vert­ible wheel­chair is de­signed with a spe­cial shape, size and weight to make it suit­able for most of the users.

Safety as­pects were also taken into con­sid­er­a­tion to en­sure the sta­bil­ity of chair in all po­si­tions. The ma­te­ri­als used for de­sign­ing the chair do not harm the user. This is the tenth reg­is­tered patent from SQU.

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