QuadCrew Adaptive Rowing Seat for Person with Physical Disabilities (UD14-26)

Technology Description:
Existing adaptive rowing technology is limited in that it includes a stationary seat used in one-man or two-man sculling shells. These systems cater to users who, at minimum, have arm and shoulder function. No adaptive technology, recreational or competitive, exists for sweep-style rowing or for the use of a sliding rowing seat. The QuadCrew Adaptive Rowing Seat provides adjustable back, neck/head and arm support to rowers with physical disabilities as limiting as quadriplegia. It rolls on the standard tracks of a crew boat shell, like any standard crew seat would. The arm supports can be flipped up and out of the way for accessibility to the seat from the side of the boat and can be adjusted in two dimensions to fit users with different heights and body widths. The neck/head support is also adjustable in two dimensions and can be removed when not in use. The back support is outfitted with a torsion spring to allow the user to lean back (if their mobility allows) when rowing and extend to the best of their ability.

The design is based off of designs found in wheelchairs and reclining desk chairs so that adaptive rowing can serve a larger community of people. Currently, adaptive rowing seats for recreational and Paralympic use are fixed in the boat and can only be used by rowers with strong upper body ability. The angle of the lean back mechanism was evaluated using image processing to determine the optimal torsion spring and maximum angle the user can lean.

Benefits:
– Gives adaptive rowers ability to participate in rowing sport
– Provides comfort to user
– Adjustable for users with differing support needs

Patent Status:
The technology is patent pending with fully preserved U.S and worldwide patent rights available for licensing opportunities.