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Hybrid Power Tricycle

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Abstract

Our client is a 4 year old boy who has cerebral palsy. Our project’s goal is to create a tricycle that will let our client ride and exercise and strengthen our client’s core and leg muscles. The hybrid power tricycle (HPT) has a normal frame and and allows the rider to pedal under their own power. This was accomplished by converting a bicycle into a tricycle with a conversion kit. The motor mounted on the front wheel helps the rider with pedaling. Power is applied to the motor from a microcontroller that reads how fast the pedals are spinning. The microcontroller reads the speed from a sensor on the sprocket of the tricycle. The data from the sensor is calculated and the correct power is applied to the motor. For safety reasons, a wireless shut off switch is able to shut the motor off from a distance of about 300 feet.

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