Hydraulic Height-Adjustable Kitchen Assist ChairBy Szymanski, Mark; Mollendorf, Joseph C.; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 192-193
Publication Date: 2010
Description of a chair designed to assist people with weak legs in performing everyday kitchen tasks. The Hydraulic Height-Adjustable Kitchen Assist Chair was designed as a less bulky alternative to a wheelchair and is height adjustable to enable the user to reach countertops of various heights. A computer chair with a five-legged base on casters was chosen as the platform for the design. A hydraulic foot pump was modified to be manually operated and installed between the seat and the chair base. Using the pump, the chair can be raised from 24 to 31.5 inches from the ground. The hand pump is operated by gripping the handle near the back of the chair and pushing it forward. The handle has a cushioned grip and is angled backwards so that it will not prevent the chair from sliding underneath a table. The chair was designed by a student at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter11,SUNY%20Buffalo.pdf