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Watson: from medical device to desirable support, a carbon wheelchair
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, The Department of Design, Crafts and Art (DKK), Industrial design.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Lightness is one of the key features in a wheelchair; however, light wheelchairs are expensive and therefore not available for everybody who would benefit from using one. In this project, I worked with the new and innovative manufacturing technique of bending carbon-reinforced-plastic. This combines the strength and lightness of carbon fiber with the rather simple and inexpensive technique of bending, resulting in Watson, a very light, yet affordable wheelchair.

Apart from wheelchairs that appear either sporty or technical, there are not very many options for the user to choose from. Common wheelchair design widely ignores the lifestyle or social aspirations of the users and rather focuses on the technical performance of the chair as an aid.

Watson provides a new approach and takes the social situation and the emotional relationship between the user and wheelchair into consideration. The appearance of it is simplified and discreet, though elegant in detail and affords the user to be in focus. It becomes a personal object rather than an anonymous medical aid.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 88 p.
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Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-4099OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-4099DiVA: diva2:633594
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Panthera, BU-engineering
Educational program
Formgiving Intelligence (Industrial Design, Master)
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pictures on pages 20 and 21 have been removed for copyright reasons

Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2013-08-16Bibliographically approved

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