Designed to combat the unhealthy effects of sitting for long periods of time, the wellness companion is a portable treadmill that one can easily bring to school, to the office, to the library, or anywhere else one may be at for long periods of time. The companion can shrink up to one-third of its extended length using interlocking drawer sliders. In its collapsed form, the companion exists as three panels stacked on top of each other. In its extended form, these panels can slide out to tension the belt and provide a smooth walking surface.
The current prototype makes use of a pre-existing treadmill from which a 2.5 HP motor, circuit board and speed controller was salvaged, and was built using medium-density fibreboard from Home Depot. A budget of $250 was allotted for this project, of which $137.67 was used. The wellness companion can easily hold over 200 lbs, and can be easily set up or put away in less than a minute. Future improvements are being considered, which include additional belt tension, a motor casing and a carrying suitcase for easy storage.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)
Khan, Faizan; Wenndt, Christopher; and Knapp, Nolan, "The Wellness Companion Portable Fitness Device" (2018). Mechanical Engineering Design Project Class. 95.
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