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JSW 2012 Vol.7(10): 2317-2324 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.7.10.2317-2324

Web-based Customization and Motion Simulation of the Omni-directional Wheelchair

Ban Wang, Weihua Zhou, and Jifeng Guo
College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Abstract—A wheelchair with omni-directional wheel is introduced in this article. Two kinds of omni-directional wheel, Mecanum wheel and Trans wheel, are illustrated and their motion principles were analyzed. Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) is adopted to implement the real-time customization and motion simulation. In the realtime customization process, the color of some parts of the wheelchair can be altered, and the shape of components can also be replaced via the customization panel. By using this methods, the omni-directional movements such as longitudinal, lateral and rotary motion can be emulated via the simulation panel. In this way, clients can participate in the design and get a wheelchair according to their individual requirements, which will give them a deeper and more impressive feeling about the wheelchair’s special motion functions.

Index Terms—omni-directional, Mecanum wheel, Trans wheel, VRML, customization, motion simulation


Cite: Ban Wang, Weihua Zhou, and Jifeng Guo, "Web-based Customization and Motion Simulation of the Omni-directional Wheelchair," Journal of Software vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 2317-2324, 2012.

General Information

ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
Abstracting/ Indexing: DBLP, EBSCO, ProQuest, INSPEC, ULRICH's Periodicals Directory, WorldCat, etc
E-mail: jsw@iap.org
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