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Rediscovering the Lost World

Rediscovering the Lost World

“Ok, Garnet, how do we make my old beast into an all-terrain unit?” I’m gesturing toward my tired old Quickie P300, which is lying under a pile of junk. I know how Garnet loves a challenge. Garnet MacDonald, inventor and builder extraordinaire, steps forward to examine the chair. Everybody with a disability needs a Garnet, […]

True Suspension Ultralights

True Suspension Ultralights

When it comes to ultralight manual wheelchair performance, rigidity has forever been the ultimate standard. After all, a rigid frame best translates the user’s push strokes and movements into the wheelchair’s momentum — an extension of one’s body in motion. However, rigidity comes at a personal price. Despite advanced frame materials and designs, as well […]

Brad Morgan

The Titanium Revolution Revisited

Aluminum, once the industry standard, got a big challenge when titanium wheelchairs entered the market in the mid ’90s — and justifiably so. Titanium chairs soon became synonymous with “ultralight” and pushed the envelope of what is possible. But chairs made out of the aerospace metal also came with higher price tags. In time titanium chairs […]

Innovations: Sports Sensations

Innovations: Sports Sensations

It wasn’t that long ago that sports technologies for wheelchair users — from handcycles to sit-skis — were cobbled together in the garages of individuals. In more recent years, larger wheelchair manufacturers entered the market, increasing consumer access to sports-related mobility products. However, the cutting edge still remains with entrepreneurial manufacturers who push adaptive sports equipment to […]

Still Dreaming of an iBOT

Still Dreaming of an iBOT

I’ve been New Mobility’s reporter on the iBOT beat since the beginning. A barrage of network news shows introduced the chair to the world in 2003. Back then I interviewed Dean Kamen, its celebrated inventor, and many of its original testers. I wrote about trying out an early iBOT at J&J’s New Jersey headquarters. Later, […]

Technability: Sweet E.motion

Technability: Sweet E.motion

I’ve been using power-assist wheels on my manual wheelchair for about four years now, and as a C5-6 quad, I’ve found they make all the difference in my strength and flexibility. Prior to the power-assist wheels, I used a power wheelchair, which was nice, but didn’t afford the regular exercise one gets from pushing. I […]

Getting Equipment Gets Harder

Getting Equipment Gets Harder

  Wheelchair users in the United States are finding out that getting the durable medical equipment they need — and getting it when they need it — is getting harder and costlier. Restrictive documentation policies as well as outdated “in-the-home” language that governs claims decisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are creating hassles for […]

As the technology evolves, motorized mobile standers are becoming safer and easier to operate. Photo courtesy of Permobil

Mobile Standers: Standing Up to the Competition

Not many of us ever envisioned we’d be rolling into a Wal-Mart while standing, but with the current technology craze, any expectations we might have had at the inception of our disability are quickly being erased. One such advancement is the mobile standing wheelchair. This increasingly popular innovation has become the next big thing in […]

The e.motion is the only power assist system currently available in the United States.

Power (Assist) to the People

Once, the only choices aching wheelers had–to cope with sore shoulders and wrists, neck and back pain–were to grit their teeth and push, ask for help or switch to a power chair. Now, thanks to original systems being offered by a few pioneering companies, there’s a way for chair users to keep on wheeling–or for […]