Motorised armrest for wheelchairs

Phase 2


Type of project: Prototype

Disability concerned: Motor disability

Topics: Leisure, Nutrition, Independence

Status: Completed


The objectives of this project were to improve the current motorised armrest prototype from a technical point of view, as well as in terms of user experience and aesthetics.

WILLIFT makes daily tasks easier for patients with limited mobility in their upper limbs. Williams, one of our team members, uses a wheelchair to get around, but drinking, eating and brushing his teeth are only possible with the help of the nursing staff around him. These daily gestures are evidence of the loss of autonomy that people with upper limb motor difficulties experience.

With WILLIFT, we are developing a technical solution to help these people regain their independence: a motorised armrest integrating planar and vertical movement. We are proposing a prototype that can be easily and non-stigmatisingly integrated into different environments: wheelchair, chair, bed, bathroom, etc. The control of the motorised armrest is based on the detection of the user’s intention of movement, allowing an adjustable degree of assistance to be provided, adapting to the patient’s abilities, particularly to their evolution over time (rehabilitation, degenerative diseases, etc.).

The objectives of this project were to improve the current prototype at the technical level (mechanical design review, production technique), as well as at the user experience/aesthetics level, but also to undertake our research on the medical certifications/patents needed/possible to access the market.

A wheelchair with the prototype motorised armrest



Amaëlle Bidet


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