2.1

proof of concept

The video above demonstrates an actionable Orbilift prototype. As it moves, it stays balanced and the gear-set, that stabilises the seat, works well.

Early-stage engineering goals - strength of movement, steadiness and stabilisation - have been achieved.

The video below contains footage of the first, motorised Orbilift prototype being tested. The test was a success. It is proof of concept.

2.2

latest news

May 2024 Update

Following the success of the Orbilift prototype, we turned our attention to its drive-unit and steering system.

In January 2024, we filed an international patent for a new type of wheel. We named it the
Bilastic wheel.

The Bilastic™ wheel is for use in differential-steering systems (i.e. steering effected by means of turning individual wheels, at different rates).

The wheel has segments that can move
bi-directionally, then return elastically, to a central position. This reduces skidding, resulting in less floor abrasion and better energy efficiency. See video below.

Bilastic™ wheels are particularly suited to low speed, pedestrian environments. Applications may include: mobility scooters, power wheelchairs, motorised trolleys, or various robots, such as delivery robots, health-care robots, home-assistant robots and the like.

2.3

next steps

We have commenced engineering, for a full scale, multi-modal prototype, able to carry 130kg.

Multimodal means: transformable from rolling mode to climbing mode, with adjustable height and variable footprint.

On the TRL scale (NASA & EU Technology Readiness Level ranging from TRL1 to TRL9) the Orbilift is currently at TRL5.
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2.4

meet the inventor

Assistive technology is a synthesis of person + environment. The inventor of the Orbilift, Victor Young, deeply understands this relationship.

Victor is is an award-winning Australian architect, with experience in disability projects.

Victor studied at the University of Sydney, attaining a double degree: Bachelor of Science (Architectural) and Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours.

The video below shows him explaining one aspect of Orbilift - the unique gear-set that stabilises the seat-platform.

The Orbilift website is updated regularly. Please stay tuned for more news and videos.
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