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Universal Power Out for Wheelchairs Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015561D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Wheelchair-bound people have problems using some appliances. For example, having long cords which get caught under the wheels and snap (vacuum cleaners). Individuals are unable to reach power outlets from the wheelchair, or the cords are not long enough to extend from the wall outlet to the individual (hair dryer)). These problems are solved by using the "Universal Power Out" connected to the wheelchair battery. The appliance cords are plugged directly into the outlet on the wheelchair, eliminating problems with long cords and the proximity factors. Requirements are a full-sized wheelchair with a higher capacity battery. The appliances would run off either DC power for a DC appliance or off of a DC to AC converter for a regular appliance (preferred embodiment). The power outlet would be positioned next to the recharger outlet, which is readily accessible to the person in the wheelchair. A low battery condition would be reflected in the existing battery alert. 1