The SteamAble Wheelchair Project

Help us construct a retro-futuristic Steampunk Wheelchair for a 14 year old boy with Muscular Dystrophy and begin construction of other assisted living devices.
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Mauricio Cordero
Health
Sharon, Massachusetts
United States
2 Team Members

The SteamAble Wheelchair Project:

Great Design That Can Change a Life, Let's Make It REAL!

We believe that design can change how people engage with users of assisted living devices.  We want to take the conversation away from the device and to the user's aesthetic, self-expression and individuality.

We want to begin the process by modifying two wheelchairs to take them from 'functional' to 'awesome'.  It is our belief that these highly customized devices will help  the recipients.  One of them is Kyron, the 14 year old boy with Muscular Dystrophy who inspired this project.  It will help him gain confidence in his interactions by changing the focus of the conversation and expressing his uniqueness and individuality through his assisted living device.  We will customize a second wheelchair to help raise money for other adults and children who also depend on assisted living technology.

ModVic works with clients all across the country to take personal, meaningful objects, creatively combining them with relevant and cool period objects and machinery to transform the ordinary into incredible Steampunk functional art. The Steampunk art and design process celebrates history, while setting a path for a re-imagined better future -- telling the personal stories of individuals, families, organizations and places.

ModVic has been featured on MTV Extreme Cribs, Oddities, Chronicle, Fast Company, The Boston Globe and in hundreds of articles, videos and exhibits.  

Recently, we have turned our attention to helping children with autism and also assisted living devices as a way of improving people's lives through art, history and technology. We were inspired to modify this wheelchair by Kyron, who depends on assisted living devices every day. 

Your contributions will not only help Kyron, but will help us create a second wheelchair, which will tour the country in an effort to further fund these endeavors, so we can help other people express their interests and potential through their assisted living devices.

What We Need To Make It Real.

The wheelchair only exists as a detailed 3D model, created by our GrabCad Design Challenge.

By helping us raise our goal of $30,000 USD you are paying for:

  • materials including antique parts, copper, bronze, etc
  • highly skilled manual labor in order to modify the wheelchair
  • design logistics, engineering and application
  • transport and delivery and other associated costs

You can get some exciting perks along the way including:

  • A private tour of the world's only fully functional Steampunk House in Sharon, MA
  • VIP access to the unveiling event
  • signed commemorative prints
  • and more

Fully funding is the best way to make this project happen. The less time we spend on raising funds, the more time we can spend on the cause itself.  If we don't raise the full $30,000

  • We will focus on one complete wheelchair for Kyron
  • use this as a proof of concept to try and generate additional support
  • find resources including volunteers and in-kind donations

The Impact

Most of us express our individuality through our homes, cars, clothing... so why not do the same with assisted living devices?

  • Your contribution will help us get started with personalizing assisted living devices.
  • Our successful Steampunkinetics project, garnered the support of UMass Lowell's disabilities department, and are working hard to ensure that this project has an even greater impact on peoples lives.
  • We are working with the wheelchair fabricators, designers and engineers to make sure that the final product is safe, comfortable and practical.  

NEW PERKS:

The team behind the Steampunk World anthology (to be published in Feb/Mar) have contributed several copies of their forthcoming book to the campaign, and one Exclusive Hardback Edition. Get them while they last!

More Information About Us:

Our recent Steampunkinetics project focused on young people with autism, and created a partnership with UMass Lowell's Disabilities Studies Dept.:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2013/05/25/steampunk-art-therapy-for-autistic/3TSOCFHa0K65f8wduW52IK/story.html

A recent article from Fast Company:

http://www.fastcocreate.com/3021862/see-wheelchairs-get-reimagined-as-tricked-out-steampunk-rides?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcocreate%2Ffeed+%28Co.Create%29

Results of the GrabCad Steampunk Wheelchair Design Challenge:

http://grabcad.com/challenges/modvic-steampunk-wheelchair-pro-bono

About us: 

http://modvic.com

MTV Extreme Cribs Feature:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/extreme-cribs-ep-14/1670945/playlist.jhtml

WGBH Callie Crossley Show

http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Callie-Crossley-Show-855/episodes/Tue-41712Steampunking-37898

IBM and Time Magazine on Steampunk:

http://entertainment.time.com/2013/03/20/steampunk/

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/40120.wss

Other Ways You Can Help

Thank you for taking the time to examine our project.  Please share this on your social media pages, blogs, with your friend and family, members of the press and anyone who you think might be interested in donating or just spreading the word.

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$4,381USD
raised by 39 people in 2 months
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This campaign ended on February 27, 2014
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    $35USD
    Steampunk World- Ltd. Paper Ed

    Our thank you card PLUS a copy of the limited edition paperpack of Steampunk World- a showcase for nineteen authors to flip the levers and start the pistons and invite you to experience the entirety of steampunk. Edited by Sarah Hans, this anthology's nineteen authors bring us the very best steampunk stories from around the world. For more information: http://steamworld.alliterationink.com/

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $10USD
    Our Gratitude

    Every bit counts, and we thank you for your support! You have helped us to make this real.

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  • $25USD
    THANKS!!

    Provide us your mailing address and we will send you a beautiful "thank you" card featuring Greg Hurley's winning design. Thanks for helping us make this real.

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50USD
    Guest of Honor

    We will mail you an invitation for 2 to the public unveiling of the SteamAble Wheelchair at the Springfield Museums which will take place between March and September TBA. You will also receive the "thank you" card for helping us make this real.

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    $75USD
    Steampunk World-Exclusive Ed.

    Guest of Honor perks, PLUS an Exclusive Hardback Collectible edition of Steampunk World- a showcase for nineteen authors to flip the levers and start the pistons and invite you to experience the entirety of steampunk. Edited by Sarah Hans, this anthology's nineteen authors bring us the very best steampunk stories from around the world. For more information: http://steamworld.alliterationink.com/

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    Aluminum

    We will mail you an invitation for 2, to the public unveiling of the SteamAble Wheelchair at the Springfield Museums which will take place between March and September TBA and the "thank you" card. You will also receive a voucher for a frameable photo print of Greg Hurley's winning design.

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  • $250USD
    Steel

    We will mail you 2 VIP invitations- to the unveiling of the SteamAble Wheelchair and a private VIP reception, at the Springfield Museums which will take place between March and September TBA. You will also receive a voucher for a frameable photo print of Greg Hurley's winning design and a thank you card.

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  • $500USD
    Bronze

    All of the perks of Steel level, plus 2 more VIP invitations to the unveiling,- the event and the VIP reception, for a total of 4.

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  • $1,000USD
    Copper

    All the perks of Bronze level, but with a total of 8 VIP invitations. You and your party of 8 will also get behind the scenes for a wine and cheese reception with the artists.

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  • $1,500USD
    Silver

    All of the Copper Level perks plus an exclusive visit for 2 guests to the one and only Steampunk House in Sharon, Massachusetts during a regularly scheduled tour.

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    Gold

    Copper Level perks plus a private tour of the Steampunk House in Sharon for 8 guests total.

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    Platinum

    Gold level perks plus the private tour for 15 guests with a wine and cheese reception afterwards.

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    Diamond

    Platinum level perks with the addition of a Creativity workshop included with the private tour and wine and cheese reception of the Steampunk House.

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  • $10,000USD
    Kryptonite

    Diamond Level perks, plus private conversation/salon/Coffee with Steampunk Guru and Exhibition Curator Bruce Rosenbaum, as well as other selected Steampunk Artists (and 10 guests of sponsor’s choice) at either exhibition opening or a mutually convenient date at location to be determined, plus your choice of one original shuttle sculpture. Choose from our retro-futuristic land, sea or air themed Steampunk Sculptures. Contact us for more information about this perk.

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