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I am an A2 design technology student and for my final project I am designing and making Gardening Mobility Aid for the elderly or less mobile. Any suggestions and ideas that could make my product better and help people more are welcome or any problems that either you, family members or friends have when gardening that you feel could be adressed by the product then feel free to write them down, any informtaion is helpful!
Could it be designed as a three wheeler like modern buggies? Seems more manoeuvrable than a 4 wheeler.
Yep, anything with swivel wheels is far more manoeuvrable than 4 fixed wheels.
what actually is it do you have a pfoto?
currently im just doing research and finding out what people would actually want or need it to do or what it could do help but i was thinking a similar style to the mobility aids on the market as that sort of style seems the most usable and popular but specialised for outdoor use in the garden
Caterpillar tracks would be good.
Would be good to have carry trays either side to take the hand tools, seeds etc that you want to use. Still think three wheels not four. In a garden you need as narrow as possible to access all areas.and caterpillar tracks sounds great!
Could the handle bars at the front be designed to fold down so you could reach over the front if you needed to?
Caterpillar tracks was the first thing that crossed my mind, but they tear the place up when you turn, because they're dragged sideways. I'd actually think your best bet would be something like this for a chassis ... ah ... scaled down, obviously. It steers with and drives all 8 wheels.
Other things that might help: feet sprang to mind, as in hydraulic arms that swing out and put down feet to stabilise the thing, but then I thought that people with mobility problems wouldn't be leaning over all that far anyway so it probably doesn't need them unless you're going to build a 1/5-scale JCB digger arm on it. What might be very useful is a tool rack, or rather a set of tool racks for different sizes of tools. I'd suggest checking out some gardeners' tool collections and then building racks to hold those.
A frame on which a spade can be pivoted could also be a good idea.
Oh, yes. Buckets. Taking cuttings requires a rack for the plant pots, a bucket of water and a supply of compost. Something that can hold a sack of compost may be a good idea, preferably with a lid so it only has to be put in once.
The tricky part there is that a gardener won't want to be taking that sack of compost with them the whole time. Ideally, this thing would have a garage in which it was parked, with all its add-ons parked in their spots around the sides, and one could drive up to the compost box add-on, connect it to the vehicle, fold up its feet and drive off with it, use it, drive back in, fold its feet back down, disconnect it and drive off without it.
Pmsl Charlie. I'd love to play on one of those but not in the garden. You must be ex army!