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
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.:
A recent article from Fast Company:
Results of the GrabCad Steampunk Wheelchair Design Challenge:
MTV Extreme Cribs Feature:
WGBH Callie Crossley Show
IBM and Time Magazine on Steampunk:
Other Ways You Can Help
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