'Mechanical creeper' helps disabled man work again
Specifically, a grant they received last year has left them wanting to design and build devices that will help improve the lives of people with a disability. And the more difficult the challenge the better.
The students custom built this "creeper" for a Logan man named Albert LaBounty who always loved working on his car, but lost the use of his legs in an accident 20 years ago. The device makes it possible for a person to easily slide from a wheelchair, and within about 40-seconds, via a control box, be lowered into position and ready to work under the vehicle.
You've no doubt seen an auto mechanic rolling around underneath a vehicle changing the oil or doing some kind of work before … and that is what this device is used for, but it's a bit more complicated. This mechanical "creeper" was designed and built by students, working with USU's "Assistive Technology Program."
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