In the US, there are 10 million people who cannot get out of bed without assistance. Caregivers use a handful of methods to assist this transfer between bed and wheelchair, but all require significant training and physical involvement from the helper. The absence of an easier method keeps many people trapped in their beds. This project seeks to show feasibility for a device that can scoop, lift and transfer a person with custom-built inflatable bags. A full-size device would provide patients and caregivers a new solution to a crucial daily task.
Sam Fox, Designer
Biomedical Engineering, 2018