Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2010


Shimon Shmueli

Course Title

User Centered Innovation

Course Number

ETM 556/656


New products -- Planning, Technology -- Management, Project management, Electric wheelchairs --Technological innovations, Consumers -- Attitudes


According to the report of “Mobility Device Use in the United States” done by University of California: Disability statistics Center, there are over 6.8 million people in United States use assistive devices to help them with mobility including 1.7 million wheelchair or scooter riders and 6.1 million users of other mobility devices, such as canes, crutches, and walkers. In the group of 1.7 million wheelchair or scooter riders, there are 1.5 million people use manual wheelchair and only 155,000 electronically powered wheelchair users and 142,000 scooters users [1]. This demographic change is becoming even more pronounced based on the “graying of America” as a larger portion of the population enters their senior years; and as America continues to battle an epidemic of obesity and the health problems associated with it.

With a larger population of assistive device users and a small portion of electronically powered wheelchair and scooters users, we believe that there is a potential growing market need in personal electronically motorized devices market. This goal of this project is to help build a better mobile solution and independent lifestyles for motorized mobility device users.

Note: The presentation associated with this report is included here as a supplemental file.


This project is only available to students, staff, and faculty of Portland State University

Persistent Identifier

2010-S-556-02-2.pdf (2735 kB)
Presentation slides