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Sherpa bike developer applies 3-D technology to wheelchairs

Sherpa bike developer applies 3-D technology to wheelchairs

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) An inventor of an electric tricycle headset, who used graphics software and 3D printing technology to develop the device, has applied the technology to wheelchairs to help people with spinal injuries. Hung Cheng-ching (???), who has a spinal cord injury, has invented an 11-kilogram electric tricycle headset that can be attached to various types of wheelchairs to convert them into electrically powered chairs. The tricycle headset, called "Sherpa bike," won a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva in April 2014 and is now being sold on the market. Wheelchair users, with the help of Sherpa bike headset, no longer need to worry that their vehicles might move backward when going up a slope.
Hung gave a talk about the invention of Sherpa bike and encouraged others to invent and innovate, at an event hosted by the Development Center for the Spinal Cord Injured in Taoyuan last Thursday. Hsu Tai-yuan (???), an executive of the company that developed the graphics software used on the Sherpa bike, donated a copy of the software to the center. Hsu said he hoped the software, called Solidworks and valued at NT$1.7 million (US$53,617), would help people with spinal injuries to learn new skills. Chairman of the center Lin Chin-hsing (???) said the facility has provided life recovery assistance and job training to about 1,000 people with spinal injuries, to help them reenter the job market. It is hoped that mobile app development and 3D printing can also help such people in the future, Lin said. (By Chen Ching-fang and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-24 14:07 GMT+08:00