The Inclusive Lectern fills a need at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for American with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint lecterns, which accommodate presenters who use wheelchairs. While a prototype of the Inclusive Lectern was completed in 2015 there are inherent and vital flaws. This year's engineering team shall address these flaws by improving the actuation system (electrical-linear actuator) that enables adjustment of the lectern height. In addition, a retracting system will be incorporated, consisting of force transducers and micro-controllers for collision prevention between the work surface and the legs of the user when lowering the lectern. The new system will be more safe and achieve the same height-adjustable range; it will be manufactured from components that are replaceable and easily maintained.
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