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In today’s market there are two primary options when a person using a wheelchair needs to negotiate a staircase: ramps and powered lifts. Ramps require space (because of requirements on slope) while powered lifts are expensive. Given these limited options, we set out to design and fabricate a different alternative. A solution was achieved by strategically combining a platform lift modified with rollers, and stair-mounted rails, with modified chain hoists, braking systems, and safety gates into one complete system. This system is powered solely by the individual using the wheelchair without necessitating other expensive power systems. Additionally, both powered wheelchair users and manual wheelchair users need to be able to utilize the device. The new device, called the Funicular, has all these abilities and is a compact, safe, and cost-effective way to transport a wheelchair-user up any number of stairs.

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