I came across this TED video these morning and thought our visitors might be interested in seeing it.
It’s a short talk about how a fellow from MIT in the US came up with a design for an all terrain wheelchair that can be inexpensively manufactured and will meet the needs of people who live in places like Africa, India and other third world areas. The video is a bit old but interesting anyway.
The Willgo Wheelchair pictured is not what the video is about but the principle of using levers to propel a wheelchair is similar. The Willgo has been in the new and unique products section of my site since August of 2012.
I’ve just added a new article in the website power wheelchair section on the Jazzy® Elite ES portable Power Wheelchair. The Elite ES is different than many other portable power wheelchairs in that it is a front wheel drive design that has a very small turning radius for exceptional maneuverability indoors or in tight areas.
While most portable power wheelchairs are designed to fold for loading into vehicles and for easy storage the Elite ES can be dis-assembled into 4 pieces with the heaviest piece weighing about 48 pounds.
Yesterday I added a page with information on wheelchair cushion rigidizers to the seating section of the Mobility Basics website.
Not a terribly exciting piece of writing or relevant to many wheelchair users but for those who have upholstered sling seats on their wheelchairs that are prone to sagging a rigidizer is an inexpensive item that can greatly improve the user’s comfort and help reduce the chances of injury due to long term sitting with poor posture.
I’ve added an article on the Canadian made SENSIMAT Pressure Management System for wheelchair users. This system does not directly manage pressures experienced by users but provides data that will enable the user to modify their habits and actions to minimize the risk of developing pressure sores.
This product has the potential to help wheelchair users to minimize and possibly prevent pressure sores developed by long periods of sitting in their wheelchairs.
The SENSIMAT can alert users when they should be shifting their weight, track and record pressures throughout the day and even allow medical professionals to access the data remotely to see how their patients are doing.