IntelliWheels, Inc., a Champaign, IL-based product development company focused on advancing wheelchair technology, received a $1.5m grant.
IntelliWheels received the Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.
The company will use the funds to advance development of ultra-lightweight, multi-geared wheels for manual wheelchairs.
Originated by Marissa Siero, and Scott Daigle, M.S., PI and President, IntelliWheels will be working in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and TiLite, a manufacturer of ultralight wheelchairs to conduct research on geared technology for wheelchair users as well as product development.
The IntelliWheels i series will give wheelchair users the option to shift into high and low gears, providing the ability to independently maneuver hills, uneven surfaces and longer distances.
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