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Title - Wheelchair Mobility Training.
Computer simulation environments designed to help teach orthopedically impaired individuals to safely operate powered and manual wheelchairs.


About | Online Environments | User Guide & Documentation | Hardware Requirements | Software Downloads


About the Wheelchair Mobility Training Environments:

The wheelchair mobility training environments are designed to help children with severe orthopedic impairments learn to drive a powered wheelchair safely. The Virtual Reality-based software makes use of 3-D computer gaming technology to improve the student's motor skills by providing interactive training spaces that encourage turning, stopping, and obstacle avoidance driving maneuvers with the use of an appropriately chosen joystick.

The software collects data regarding the student's driving performance in the training environments and rewards them with merits of achievement, while it gradually alters the physics of the training environment to make the driving experience more realistic and challenging as their skills improve. Three wheelchair mobility training environments are currently being developed. Each training space is designed to progressively challenge the student while allowing Internet connectivity so, for example, the student has the opportunity to drive in the training space with her or his teacher, or other student drivers connected to the system over the Internet.

This project is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education. If you, or your child would like to participate in this project please contact Ken Loge - Phone: 541-484-2123 x2305.

Our software is free, but we ask that you help us collect data if you or choose to allow your child participate. If your child is between the ages of 5 and 21, and has one or more orthopedic impairments that require them to use a powered wheelchair for mobility, we ask that you consider participating in this innovative project. The training program is fun, and is based on more that 8 years of research in the area of virtual training to improve human performance for the disabled.

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Online Wheelchair Mobility Training Environments:

Virtual Environment

Sonora Springs

An exterior view of the Sonora Springs virtual driving space.


Click the map below to see a more detailed view of the Sonora Springs driving space.

A wide open driving space, reminiscent of the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona and southeastern California. Monumental rock formations and hot desert sand provide a challenging space for exploration.


Village Square

Exterior view of the Village Square driving space.

Click the map below to see a more detailed view of the Village Square driving space.

An overhead view map of the village square wheelchair driving training environment.

This medieval village includes an inn, numerous pathways, geysers, a sparkling cave, and a large lake, which is rumored to have a creature that is thought to be a distant relative of the Loch Ness monster of our world.

View screen shots taken from within the Village Square wheelchair driving space.


Riparian Ruins

An exterior view of the Riparian Ruins virtual driving space.

Click the map below to see a more detailed view of the Riparian Ruins driving space.

An overhead view map of the Riparian Ruins wheelchair driving training environment.

Situated near a geological anticline, the cool waters of Mirk Lake are surrounded by densely forested pathways. The ruins of a long forgotten city lie partially buried throughout the surrounding area. There are beautiful things here to discover, but the shadows of the unknown reveal their secrets only to the most careful and determined explorers.

Test Space

A view of part of the virtual wheelchair driving evaluation space.

The "Test Space" environment is designed to help assess a wheelchair driver's skills at turning left and right, driving close to objects without colliding with them, and driving forward in a straight line. The "Test Space" appears automatically, approximately every two hours the student has driven in any of the above virtual training environments.


Software User Guide and Documentation:

Wheelchair Net Documentation Online documentation for the Wheelchair Net software.


Hardware Requirements:

The minimum system requirements for running the wheelchair mobility training environments are:

  • A computer capable of running Windows 98 or newer.
  • A 3-D graphic accelerator card such as an NVidia GeForce2 with 32 MB of video RAM.
  • A SoundBlaster compatible sound card.
  • 128 MB RAM.

Recommended hardware:

  • A computer capable of running Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
  • An NVidia GeForce2, GeForce3, GeForce4 3-D graphic accelerator card with 32 MB video RAM (or more).
  • 256 MB RAM (or more).
  • 3-D Sound Card such as Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live!, or Audigy.
  • A good quality PC gaming joystick.

Software Downloads:


Wheelchair Net Installer v2.1

Version 2.1. - Last Modified 09-01-2005

(64.5 MB)

The latest installation software for the Sonora Springs, Village Square, and Riparian Ruins wheelchair mobility training environments.

Microsoft DirectX

(12.1 MB)

The Wheelchair Net mobility training software uses Microsoft's DirectX to render graphics and play 3-D sound. You'll need at least DirectX 8 to make the most of the software.




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Modified: September, 2005




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