Dragonmobility tests out crowd-funding for R&D project


03-12-2012

Dragonmobility, one of Axiom-e's clients, is a recognised leader in the design of specialist powerchairs and is leading the way again. Through the relatively recent innovation of crowd-funding, the Cambridge social enterprise is seeking funding for its latest R&D project.

Dragonmobility, one of Axiom-e's clients, is a recognised leader in the design of specialist powerchairs and is leading the way again. Through the relatively recent innovation of crowd-funding, the Cambridge social enterprise is seeking funding for its latest R&D project in order to further improve the driver's control box.

As the information on Dragonmobility's crowd-funding page says:

"The way that Dragonmobility's electronics work is acknowledged to be excellent for the very young, those with learning disabilities and also those people who just want a powerchair that moves naturally with them while they get on with their lives. Our aim is to take the way the controller works and to build it into a unit more efficiently and robustly. With the design work which has already been done, we now need this final funding to [create the prototypes]:

 The team at Dragonmobility, led by Dan Everard, have many years experience of building specialist, highly versatile powerchairs for very active disabled people. The Dragon and SnapDragon powerchairs move intuitively, spin around your own centre of perception and allow maximum access to your environment. The seat moves right down to the floor and up to a height where you can be face-to-face with your peers, and for some it is possible to move while standing too.

Our powerchairs are built individually for each person, and are based on Dan Everard's core principles of design for powered mobility:

  • focussing on driver's goals and aims
  • designing for intensive and varied use
  • seeing customisation as a key to success

We involve the person who will use the powerchair in the process of specification, and we aim to create something that will help them to do the majority of the things they want to do.

The company has always been a social enterprise, meaning that any profits go back into the work we do."

 

Learn more about the project and see an in-house produced video, where you can also see the rewards that you could get for a donation.

For every £40 donated, Axiom-e will contribute £1 to The Turbo Trust , which helps fund power-chairs for users, such as those you can read about here.

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