WF01 Wheelchair by RDS Co., Ltd.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
WF01

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Wheelchair

INSPIRATION:
For a long time, RDS has been working with chair skiers on the development of competition equipment. As a result, the athletes RDS supported at the Paralympics could won 7 medals, and through parasports, the design team could study and research human-body balance and postural maintenance. In this project, by developing the seating simulator SS01, it was possible to provide a machine that is more personalized by measuring and visualizing individual body data.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
WF01 is a high performance, highly customizable wheelchair. Aiming to be a long-awaited presence like a supercar, the styling is different from conventional wheelchairs. It aims to build a new category of mobility, not just wheelchairs. By making wheelchairs, which are used by people with handicap into mobility that anyone wants to ride, the design team believe that the market can be expanded, and a more borderless world can be provided.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The wheelchair can be manually operated as a normal wheelchair, or when equipped with a motor unit, it can travel at a maximum speed of 30 km/h or more by operating the lever at hand. The tail light senses deceleration and automatically acts as a brake light. The camber angle can be set with a block inserted into the axle shaft, so that everyday and sporting applications can be covered in one unit.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2017 and keep on going.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The main frame is designed with separate parts that allow the wheel size, camber angle, and riding position to be set appropriately, allowing the user to reassemble and adjust the wheel to suit their individual needs. Parts made from carbon fiber and 3D printing are combined to accept a variety of customizations, including size and positioning, as well as styling.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Depth 900 mm x Width 1000 mm x Heigh 750mm(with motor unit and front bumper. Overall size depends on assembled parts.)

TAGS:
Wheelchair, Sports, Carbon fiber,

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The design team has been developing competition equipment to improve the athlete's performance. There was a huge difference in the physical abilities of each individual, so the design team repeated the evaluation of the prototype and actual use to improve it. The design theories on how to support the body and the strength required for the parts were accumulated, and these technologies were applied to the WF01. We also used motion capture equipment and a simulator developed to study riding posture, and derived a structure that accommodates the diversity of each individual. From the development of chair skis and competition wheelchairs to the development of equipment aimed at improving the athlete's athletic performance. Since there is a huge difference in the physical abilities of individual athletes, we repeatedly evaluated the prototype and actual use to improve it. The design theories on how to support the body and the strength required for the parts were accumulated, and these technologies were applied to the wheelchair. We also used motion capture equipment and a simulator developed to study riding posture, and derived a structure that accommodates the diversity of each individual.

CHALLENGE:
WF01 embodies the ideal wheelchair created for individual ownership. Designed to fit into the user’s lifestyle, physical condition, hobbies and preferences, WF01 expands the range of options for users, realizing the joy of selection. The wheelchair with customizable parts for various occasions offers the excitement like choosing the best fashion coordination. WF01, equipped with the stylishness defying the stereotype that “wheelchairs are for people with handicaps and elderly people”, proposes an entirely new concept for the imminent super-aging society. It redefines wheelchair as a welfare equipment through the innovative design focusing on mobility.

ADDED DATE:
2020-02-28 08:39:14

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
RDS Co., Ltd., exiii design Inc., MAGNET Inc., makesense Inc. and quod, LLC

IMAGE CREDITS:
RDS Co., Ltd.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.rds-design.jp/?lang=en
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
RDS Co., Ltd.

PROFILE:
Our core business consists of design, clay modelling, CFRP modelling, 3D printers, 5-axis machining, and consulting, in addition to such operations as 3D modeling data production, structure analysis, various model production, and coating. RDS will continue to deliver new forms of manufacturing utilizing our strengths in “inventiveness”, “design ability”, and “technological capability” brimming with originality.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Wf01 Wheelchair by Rds Co., Ltd is a Nominee in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Wf01 Wheelchair by Rds Co., Ltd is Winner in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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