Here is a sampling of the cool, mobility-enhancing equipment that wheelers and clinicians were able to see, touch and experience at this year’s ISS exhibit hall.
ConvertaStep is a platform lift that raises the wheelchair user from sidewalk level to deck or porch level quickly and easily, and without taking up as much space as a ramp. A video of the product in action is viewable at the company’s website. Contact Convertastep, 260/969-8645; www.convertastep.com. Troy Technologies’ Wheelchair Travel Bags are built […]
The International Paralympic Committee honored University of Pittsburgh researcher Rory Cooper at its Vista 2013 Conference in Bonn, Germany in May with its Paralympic Scientific Award. The IPC recognized Cooper, a paraplegic, for his contributions to the Paralympic movement in the field of sports science. Cooper has been a Paralympic athlete, coach and event organizer […]
SmartScoot is a lightweight, easy-to-use, foldable scooter designed to assist people with mobility limitations to maintain an active lifestyle. Contact SmartScoot, 855/726-6866; www.smartscoot.com. SmartScoot also has a Facebook page. SportCrafters’ new Handcycle Trainer does not require being clamped to the wheel axle or adjustment of leg rests. Once assembled and adjusted to a handcycle, […]
Did you know there are loads of gimp-friendly designs waiting to be made on Kickstarter that never see the light of day? It’s a travesty. So many brilliant, novel ideas, many with universal design elements and all which could have a significant impact on the lives (and future independence) of people with disabilities. My friend […]
There are some definite perks to my job. One of the coolest is being able to try out some pretty sweet stuff and blog about it (hi). So, when renowned wheelchair golfer Anthony Netto (who spent a huge chunk of his own money to create one of the finest stand-up recreation machines made, the Paramobile) […]
When we look at the current demographics of ultralight manual wheelchair users, make no mistake, a significant percentage of us belong to an aging population. Those of us who came of age self-propelling beginning in the 1970s, with wheelchair sports exploding in the 1980s, have now been pushing our way through life for over 30 […]
Simplicity is not a word generally used to describe life in a wheelchair — or my career in technology — yet I find myself continually striving to simplify my life. My latest attempt is signing up for mail-order medications. I tried Walgreens mail order a few months back and was completely frustrated. Despite the mail order business […]
There are many wonderful new hands-free inventions out there — and many of these seem too expensive to be practical. Sometimes a little creativity and common sense can go a long way toward fashioning reasonable solutions for those of us who cannot use our hands. Yet at other times, technology is invaluable, even miraculous.
As people who use wheelchairs, canes or crutches, braces, grab bars or grabbers, ventilators, prosthetics or toilet extenders, we tend to be consummate jury-riggers. Because each of us has different needs–and because most of those who are designing the products we use have no experience using them–our desire for comfort, efficiency and safety strikes a […]