For each product category in the Consumer Guide, we’ve collected a handful of items that appeared in NM in 2014. In some cases the original article is longer, so we’ve provided the link, in case you’d like to look up more information:
(July, SCI Life)
Tracking in mud after a rainstorm no longer needs to be a common affair, and no, we’re not talking about the usual hand-washing solution. We’re talking about the Scrubber, an automated wheelchair tire scrubber created by Inn2care, a mobility product company based in the Netherlands. This brilliant invention, made of stainless steel and intended exclusively for outdoor use, turns on automatically when you roll onto the Scrubber’s conveyor belt, which activates multiple top and side brushes and two spray nozzles for water after being connected to a garden hose.
The water pressure used on the Scrubber can also be customized, as can the brushes, and it has a nice safety feature — it uses no electricity — with the weight of the wheelchair activating the machine instead. The cost for the Scrubber — a cool $247.
Manufactured by Coloplast, the Peristeen system introduces tap water into the colon, which loosens stool and acts as a mild irritant, causing peristalsis — wave-like colon contractions that move and evacuate stool. The entire system fits into a travel bag the size of a shaving kit. The system was introduced in Europe in 2006 and received FDA approval for use in the United States in October 2012. It includes a 1,000 ml. clear plastic water bag, which is filled with lukewarm tap water that travels via tubing through a small hand-held control unit and a squeeze-ball hand-pump to another tube with a twist-lock on the end that connects to a hydrophilic-coated rectal catheter.