Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cal Poly Launches Adaptive Kayak

via YouTube:

Bryan Gingg was the test pilot for an adaptive kayak developed for use by quadriplegic or paraplegic recreationalists. A Cal Poly alumnus who has been in a wheelchair for more than 20 years, Gingg was the first to sail a new high-tech kayak developed by Cal Poly kinesiology and engineering faculty and students. He used a mouth-held electronic "straw" to control the kayak.

In this video, the kayak is christened while a participant shouts " God bless Cal Poly!" Bryan is shown being transferred into the kayak via a lift. Once in the kayak, he independently navigates through the water via a sip and puff device. Afterwards, he is interviewed about his experience.

For an article about this program, click here.

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