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.
Following the success of the Orbilift prototype, we turned our attention, to further developing the transmission and steering systems.
We are pleased to announce that in January 2023, Orbilift Pty Ltd filed a provisional patent, for a newly developed, steering system. We call it wave-steering.
A key advantage of wave-steering, is that it reduces skidding. The wheels run more gently over floor surfaces, resulting in less wear and tear. Furthermore, we expect wave-steering to be 40% more energy efficient during turning, than conventional differential-steering.
For these reasons, we think wave-steering is break-through technology.
Wave-steering may potentially be used in devices, other than the Orbilift. For example, it may find use in mobility scooters, motorised trolleys, and various types of robots, such as delivery robots, surveillance robots, home-assistant robots and the like.
The wave-steering patent-filing strengthens the IP protection that already surrounds the Orbilift. Plus, it shows great potential as a stand-alone invention. This significantly de-risks the Orbilift project, for commercial stakeholders.
On the TRL scale (NASA & EU Technology Readiness Level ranging from TRL1 to TRL9) the Orbilift is at TRL5.
November 2023 Update
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 platform height and variable footprint.
To improve user-experience, we are developing a seat that swivels 90˚ as shown above. This gives passengers the option to face sideways, providing a more secure ride.
Assistive technology is a synthesis of person + environment. The inventor of the Orbilift, Victor Young, deeply understands this relationship. He is a practising architect, with experience in disability projects.
Victor is an award-winning Australian architect, who graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. The video below shows him explaining one aspect of the invention - the unique gear-set that stabilises the seat.
The Orbilift website is updated regularly. Please stay tuned for more news and videos.
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