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Wheelchair Bowling Device


TOM Developer Groups




Jules is an electric wheelchair user and likes to go bowling. Jules finds that commercially available products do not have the ability for wheelchair users to properly control the speed and direction of the ball. Jules would like a device that can be clamped to his wheelchair with the appropriate guidance and actuation to allow him to bowl independently.


The developer group delivered a bowling device which can be attached to the front of a player's wheelchair. It includes a battery-powered winch system to propel the ball up to 30 km/h. It is controlled by a digital panel which can be used with one hand. Assistance is required to attach the device and retrieve the bowling ball.

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Safety Information

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All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM: Melbourne event or program.
The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
TOM: Melbourne are unable to advise on the suitability of any design or device for your personal situation, however if you have general questions relating to the instructions or documentation, please contact us via our  email:


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