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Skipper’s Chair

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Rochester Institute of Technology 2014 Design.

To those who are able bodied, sailing is often seen as a sport that people with disabilities cannot participate in. However, all over the world people are sailing not only for fun, but also for competition. This task continues to be difficult, especially with people who have severe spinal cord injuries. We have worked to improve a previous device that allows people who have quadriplegia to be the skipper (the person in charge of steering) of a Sonar sailboat.

We have modified the previous device to allow the user to feel the forces acting on the tiller. This allows the captain to communicate the sailing conditions with the rest of the crew. The device also allows the user to move across the from port to starboard without risk of boom contact.

Further Information

More information can be found by following the link here.