Amos Winter, a Ph.D student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is dedicated to solving the problems of mobility in the developing world. Winter has used inspiration from the design of mountain bikes to invent the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC). The LFC utilizes a variable speed lever-drive gear train in an ingenious way, allowing the user to maneuver and drive the wheelchair on a variety of terrains. The chair is made of off-the-shelf bicycle parts, so it is easily affordable to users. For this invention, Winter was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Inter-American Bank for a trial in 2010. Winter and his Leveraged Freedom Chair have won many awards including the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s Graduate Student Design Competition and the MIT IDEAS Competition for International Technology. Winters has a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is a 2003 graduate of Tufts University. For more information on Winter’s research, please see the original Lemelson-MIT article.
Monthly Archives: November 2010
November 15, 2010