THE VR WHEELCHAIR
This one is my thesis project for the MFA Design and Technology at Parsons in NYC. It’s a result of a collaboration between Parsons and Fjord. Many talented people contributed to this project from study, to service, to prototype.
The Wheelchair Training Program prototype that came out of the process has two components. The first is a 3D, virtual urban environment that realistically simulates the common spatial negotiation tasks and navigation obstacles that a first-time wheelchair user might encounter, informed by data collected from interviews, forums, and online resources for accessible design. The second component is a stationary wheelchair that has free-moving wheels equipped with custom-built motion-tracking sensors.
VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT
We managed the project for the prototype in three main sections: the user interface, visual simulation and physical simulation.