Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs — at no cost to families.
MakerFX Makerspace members have participated in several Magic Wheelchair builds and continue to make a contribution to this community.
MakerFX members, along with other makers from ATMakers, Makers Hollow, MakeMIA, FamiLAB, and Tampa Hackerspace worked together under a crazy 3 week deadline to turn Alex’s wheelchair into an epic interactive Bumblebee costume as part of the Magic Wheelchair program.
Not long after we finished Bumblebee, we were approached by a group of builders from Portland, Oregon. They were building a Tie Silencer for a young fan. We spent two weekends jointly building electronics based on Bumblebee and vastly improved the code we’d started with Bumblebee!
As part of NOMCON 2019 in Chattanooga, TN, makers from around the country worked to make a Guardians of the Galaxy Milano spacecraft for Amelia.
The Magic Wheelchair Motherboard is a printed circuit board that makes it much easier to add interactivity to Magic Wheelchair builds (or other interactive projects).
Tyler’s Grandmother wanted to do something special for him as he headed back into yet another surgery, so she posted on Facebook looking for someone that could “add some LEDs to his wheels”. The MakerFX community took on the project and knocked out these awesome Spiderman wheels with LEDs and battery packs behind the masks. This wasn’t an official Magic Wheelchair project, but we think its a great a example of how makers can use their skills to help brighten someone’s day!