ADAPT smart electric powered wheelchairs

FCE logo with ERDF reference.png​ADAPT aims to tackle mobility and isolation problems face by elderly and disabled people. It’s a four year Interreg project which started in January 2017 and is a collaboration between sixteen organisations across Southern England and Northern France. 

Interreg is a series of five programmes to stimulate co-operation between regions in the European Union and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Project components

Major parts of the project are the design and development of a smart electric powered wheelchair (EPW), and an EPW simulator for training purposes. The smart EPW will integrate driving assistance technologies (such as autonomous driving, route planning, obstacle avoidance) and aims to report users’ health through e-health devices with a connection to the internet. 

The EPW simulator is likely to consist of one of the smart EPWs mounted to a motion platform. Virtual reality will be incorporated into the simulator to give potential users an immersive experience of using the chair. 

Training will be developed to educate healthcare professionals in assistive technology, helping them to gain a better understanding of the smart EPW. 

Scale

Around 300,000 EPW users could be affected by the ADAPT project. Potentially 5,500 smart EPWs could be manufactured per year. 

KSS AHSN focus

Our focus in the project is ‘work package 6’. 

This comprises:

6.1: Identify the competencies of stakeholders within the cross-border area -

  • Develop a database of relevant stakeholders which is easy to navigate.
  • Create visualisations using Tableau to display interest of organisations
  • produce a map of the organisations contained within the database.
  • Produce a methodology report to allow others to replicate the mapping process. 
  • Establish four formalised partnerships between business intermediaries and research institutions, after delivery of 20 dissemination events 
  • Get to 6.2 through work produced for 6.1.

KSS AHSN involvement in the project includes mapping organisations located in Southern England who operate in the fields of assistive technologies, robotics, e-health technology and artificial intelligence (to name a few).

Specifics

Fields: artificial intelligence, assistive robotics, assistive technology, care, chair provision and selection, EPW manufacturing, health technology, internet of things, machine learning, mobility, simulator platforms, socially assistive robotics, or virtual reality.

Locations: Bournemouth and Poole, Brighton and Hove, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Somerset, Southampton, Surrey, Swindon, Torbay, West Sussex, or Wiltshire.

Target groups: local public authority, regional public authority, national public authority, sectoral agency, infrastructure and (public) service provider, interest groups including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), higher education and research, education/training centre and school, enterprise, small and medium sized enterprise (SME), business support organisation, or international organisation.

For more information

Go to the project's main website or contact us via adapt@kssahsn.net