Authors

Andrew Shyne

Publication Date

Spring 2020

Faculty Advisor

Joseph Hoffbeck

College/School

Shiley School of Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Abstract

The purpose of this document is to outline the process of developing a Go Baby Go vehicle for use by children with disabilities who experience limited or delayed mobility. The purpose of the project is to adapt the Wild Thing, a 12V commercially available ride-on toy car, so that young children with limited mobility can have similar opportunities to independently and actively explore their world for participation, play, learning, and engagement like their same-aged peers. The motivation for undertaking this project is to create a safe and universally designed form of active mobility for children who do not have access to a power wheelchair due to the lack of availability of appropriate products and funding sources for children with disabilities. The original design of the Wild Thing has two joysticks which can be moved by pushing the joysticks either both forward to go forward, both backwards to go backwards and one forward and one backwards in order to spin left or right. Because of this original design, children with limited mobility could have a difficult time navigating the Wild Thing platform. In order to meet this need, the vehicle will be redesigned to support varying options to control the vehicle. These include a single joystick, head array buttons, or hand-pushed buttons. Dependent on the child’s needs, these options can be chosen from, and implemented as the user sees fit. An app will also be utilized that allows control of the vehicle through the use of directional buttons and an emergency stop button. The app will also have the ability to log the usage data of the vehicle. This document contains the design aspects and process of this project.

Subjects

Electric engineering--Technological innovations; Transportation engineering; Transportation equipment industry; Children with disabilities

Publication Information

ENG 484HA: Senior Honor's Project

Copyright for this work retained by the author.

Document Type

Honors Project

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