WHL / Wheelchair Race
About the Team
"If I had to characterize our team with one word, it would be ‘friendly’. We are the good guys, communicate openly and tell everyone about our ideas. Together we have grown as a team, members who started as students are now valued and long-time employees of the institute," says Christian Bermes, leader of the team HSR enhanced. His group is a winning team – they won CYBATHLON 2016 and the WHL Series in Japan and are still considered to be contenders for the title in 2020.
The HSR enhanced team at the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (HSR) follows a modular development approach: each module of the wheelchair is developed by students in a project during their Bachelor's or Master's degree in mechanical engineering. Engineers of the Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics refine the approaches and create the racing wheelchair. The result: a four-wheel electric wheelchair with four-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, lowerable endless rubber chains for obstacles such as stairs and a robotic arm for opening and closing doors. HSR enhanced is hard to beat but always friendly.
Pilot - Florian Hauser
"Going into the race calmly, concentrated and without too much pressure lets me be precise and precise is fast," explains one who knows what he is talking about: defending CYBATHLON and WHL Series champion Florian Hauser. "It’s always difficult to judge how strong the other teams are, especially those who participate for the first time. But I know that we have made technical progress,” says the man from the canton of Zurich. Anyway, the result is not all that counts: “I'm always happy to compete with the other pilots. Over the years a friendly competition has evolved and in the end, it always takes a bit of luck to win."
Since 2014 Florian is a tetraplegic. On a motorcycle tour with his friends, his bike slipped and he broke his neck. "I was lucky and my friends reacted very quickly, who knows what else would have happened, hadn’t they done so. Since then I have a complete paralysis sub C5 and I am in a wheelchair.” Today, being paralyzed from his neck down is normal for him. Of course, there are odd situations, he says, but he doesn’t let himself be bothered by them. “The CYBATHLON is one of the biggest events I can be a part of. I especially like the fact that the competition is not based on being pitied, but shows that disabled people can fight just as well and have fun! I don't want any false attention, I want to be appreciated, not because I am disabled but because I am Flo", the defending champion concludes.
First Features finished!
Just in time for the end of the year and after many hours in the workshop the first features of the #enhancedhybrid have been finalised! This includes an intuitive UI, based on user‘s needs, a mechanism to attach and easily adjust the wheels, as well as an emergency safety support…
We can‘t wait for next year to see further development of the #enhancedhybrid‘s features! Stay tuned!
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After the initial designing phase and with some existing models of the #enhancedhybrid,the team was joined by an interdisciplinary student team ranging from engineers, computer scientists to health scientists. They spent many hours in the workshop to further develop the #enhanced hybrid, which continued to take shape…
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some impression of early concept ideas
Initial user research gave our team ideas on how to design an innovative mobility aid with user centricity as top priority! Many crazy, still promising concept ideas were sketched and then directly discussed in a next phase of user research. Based on that feedback and our feasibility analysis, we decided to pursue 3 of the concepts…
some impressions from early user research
After the cybathlon 2020 our team & pilots discussed a lot about a future mobility aid device. We conducted user research to determine user needs with a special focus on everyday life compatibility. Data from different surveys and interviews with end users, therapists and more stakeholders was analyzed to collect requirements for the future device. One of the main findings of the user input was the desire to combine ...
We are excited to announce our cooperation with Revolve Wheel to equip our #enhancedhybrid with high-end wheels. User research showed that compactness and transportability are among the most important criteria in designing the enhanced Hybrid. We therefore couldn’t think of a better cooperation partner than REVOLVE to get a head start for these requirements.
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