Saturday, 18 May 2013


'Something to change the world'
World Cerebral Palsy Day is an unique global innovation campaign to change the world for the 17 million people with cerebral palsy (CP).
Major Prize: The winner of the World CP Day Competition is a team from the University of Virginia School of Engineering (USA) with their prototype design ‘Solar Powered Wheelchair with Retractable Panels’. The team created a working prototype using lightweight and robust materials and highly efficient solar cells.

It should not detract from Alper Sirvan's prize-winning idea or from the design work at the University of Virginia to reflect that this is a electro-mechanical solution (reported in a video that wholly describes its electro-mechanical aspects), and its wider utilisation is open to only a tiny proportion of those around he world who might benefit...

Earlier posting on this Day

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You might like this solar wheelchair, you might like that that the prize goes to a project that confirms a mechanistic image of cerebral palsy with a hi-tech solution open to hardly anyone. You might consider this result well justifies the intentions of the World Cerebral Palsy Day, or calls the whole process into question.  Who can know what you think – unless you actually say?

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