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Mark E. Smith

Innovations: Transfer Solutions

Transfers are a part of our daily lives. How can we make them smoother and safer?

Products: March 2015

Products: March 2015

KD Smart Chair, Quokka Bag, Freedom Trax, and two products to help you be more productive in bed.

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

Ricon Fined $1.75 Million for Faulty Lifts

The Ricon Corp., one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair lifts, was fined $1.75 million on Feb. 6 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for selling lifts that had been recalled for a potential fire risk. “This company’s failure to protect the public from a product known to be a safety risk is absolutely unacceptable,” […]

Be Productive While Stuck in Bed

Be Productive While Stuck in Bed

Bedrest sucks. There’s no way around it. But thankfully there are more and more options to increase your productivity and happiness should you get stuck in bed for a long time (or if you simply spend a lot of time in bed). The Super Gorone Desk caught my eye as one of the better options […]

Wheel Comfort for Your Feet

Wheel Comfort for Your Feet

The new Wheel Comfort padded foot rest strikes me as the intersection of two of my favorite innovation-related maxims: “necessity is the mother of invention” and “Keep It Simple Stupid.” There’s a reason everyone says those two things and it’s because they ring true. The Wheel Comfort is a simple solution to the problem of […]

Quokka Bag: A snappy wheelchair bag

Quokka Bag: A snappy wheelchair bag

Finding a functional wheelchair bag that has adequate storage space, is easy to open and manage AND doesn’t make you look like an out of place high school student can be a chore. Every so often I get press releases for products claiming to meet that bar, and usually I find myself disappointed in the […]

Finally, a Wheelchair Cup Holder that Works

Finally, a Wheelchair Cup Holder that Works

Over my years of being paralyzed, there has been one elusive product I, or the companies making them, have never seemed to get right — the wheelchair cup holder. That’s right, the seemingly simple accessory used to carry our drinks while on a roll. I have been trying to find “the one;” the perfect cup […]

What Do Brella Bag and Snake Clamp Have in Common?

What Do Brella Bag and Snake Clamp Have in Common?

The Brella Bag I literally can not see out the window of my office as I write this thanks to a coating of rain. Instead of letting the relentless rain depress me, I’m using it for inspiration. Meet the Brella Bag — a hands free umbrella holder that could be the rain solution wheelchair users […]

When Discrimination Happens to You

When Discrimination Happens to You

We all know that discrimination exists in the real world, but when it happens to you, it’s like a hard slap in the face. Here’s what happened to me recently: For years I’ve had Botox bladder injections at my urologist’s office. It was easy, low-stress and cost-effective. But when I called the office a few […]

Best of Gearcrip

Best of Gearcrip

We launched Gearcrip earlier this year on our website as part of NEW MOBILITY’S continuing effort to keep you, the readers, up to date on the latest trends, technology and products. In it, our Ian Ruder, a real life gear-obsessed crip, provides quick, usually snarky, but hopefully helpful looks at new and upcoming gadgets and […]