The UC San Diego Smart WheelChair team is asking ME patients to fill out a short google questioner about how ME impacts their mobility and how they can best design a wheelchair accessory that would support your independence.
The team of undergraduate engineering students are working to design an affordable, open source, voice activated accessory to make a power wheelchair autonomous. The customized wheelchair will have sensors to detect objects and avoid obstacles.
The wheelchair will have pre-planned routes to help you navigate through your home. For example, it would have the ability to park for easy toilet transfer and be able to navigate smoothly within a tight bathroom.
The engineering team is looking for people who are willing to tell them about how ME impacts their mobility, and how they could best design a wheelchair accessory to support independence.
You are also welcome to email [email protected]ucsd.edu if you would like to share a testimonial about living with ME. The team is hoping to receive feedback from as many people as possible to inspire a human centered design.
Learn more about the project.
In August, we shared with you that we and six other ME/CFS organizations had submitted a proposal to the National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS) to fix the coding of ME/CFS in the US International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM). Today, we are writing with an update on that proposal and asking that you sign the