Meet the Model Ci, a TIME’s 50 Best Invention of 2018 awardee. The Model Ci features unparalleled design, technology and transportability. It disassembles into three pieces and fits into the trunk of most vehicles, while offering a smooth, stable ride. The patented WHILL omni-wheel allows the user to effortlessly glide side to side, navigate tight spaces, clear a 2" curb and maneuver gaps with confidence. Additionally, the WHILL Model Ci app brings technology right to users’ fingertips. The app enables users to lock their device, drive it remotely, check the range and adjust the speed settings.
An attendant-operated stair climber, the LIFTKAR PT works on angled, straight and curved stairs. The PT-U model attaches to a manual wheelchair and can accommodate nearly all standard, transport, sport or pediatric chairs. The PT-S model (pictured) has a built-in seat and doesn’t require a wheelchair for operation; the passenger can be wheeled inside/outside while onboard. The LIFTKAR PT can be used on all sorts of stairs and disassembles to fit into a car.
This attendant-operated stair climber works on angled, straight and curved stairs of many types (wood, metal, concrete or carpeted). The LIFTKAR model PT-U (pictured) attaches to a manual wheelchair and is compatible with most standard, transport, sport or pediatric models. Another model (the PT-S) features a built-in seat and does not require a wheelchair. Both models disassemble into three parts that can be easily stored in a car; the heaviest piece is 41 lbs. These stair climbers are battery operated, feature three climbing speeds, and have brake wheels that automatically lock upon reaching the step edge.
Obi Dining System
Mealtimes are more than just sustenance; they’re also social and emotional gatherings that feed the soul.
The Obi robotic dining companion makes it possible for people with physical disabilities — particularly those affecting their upper extremities — to dine independently instead of having to be fed by companions.
The Obi system can be quickly set up by a caregiver to tailor the food delivery per the preferences of its user. Then the user controls the dining experience via two switches, one that accesses the food that the user has selected, and the other that delivers the food to the user.
Patented Obi features and functions include multi-directional food capturing, portion control, spoon wiping and repositioning, all intended to make the dining experience as efficient and effective as possible. The Obi weighs about 7 lbs., which makes it easily transportable, and its rechargeable battery can provide up to four hours of service on a single charge so that Obi can function outside the home as well as inside it. Obi’s base and arm can be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or a wet towel, and Obi’s spoon, plate and placemat can all be washed by hand or in a dishwasher.
Obi has been successfully funded by Veterans Affairs, Workers’ Compensation and other payors, and the Obi team can supply info on reimbursement from private insurers and Medicaid programs. Obi can also be purchased as a retail system.
The atHand Overbed Table keeps supplies within easy reach for people with limited mobility. atHand has four power and four USB outlets, touch on/off LED lights, and plenty of storage space. It’s easy to move thanks to large, non-skid wheels, and its 28" wide base accommodates most wheelchairs. The tray table rotates toward the user for greater convenience. Rounded corners and a sleek aluminum spine help the table fit right into users’ homes.
Open Sesame’s Model 133 operator works as a full swing door and is great for residential installations. Model 233 works as a closer, which is efficient in public access locations (or in private homes, for users who want a closer system). Both systems can be operated via remote control devices that can unlatch a locked door, swing the door open, pause, then close. Door resistance can be adjusted, and the door continues to work manually when desired.
Aqua Creek Products
Scout 2 Lift
Built for in-ground and above-ground pools,
the Scout 2 pool lift can clear up to a 26" wall
(with pull-out legrest and the adjustable seat
pole in its highest position). A 24v battery
with charger powers the Scout 2; a solar
charger option is also available. The seat
rotates 360° to facilitate transfers, and the
seat system includes an adjustable footrest,
flip-up armrests and an adjustable lap belt.
An adjustable pull-out legrest, headrest and
chest strap are also available. The Scout 2 is
ADA compliant and has a weight capacity
of 375 lbs. A transport cart and an upgrade
pack are among the available accessories.
American Permalight Inc.
Use Permalight cushioned foam guards wherever you need a little extra visibility and protection indoors or outdoors. The guards easily attach to walls, corners and protrusions in impact-prone areas — such as clinics, hallways and spaces where wheelchair training and practice take place. Made of durable, recyclable polyurethane foam with strong adhesive backing, the corner and wall guards come in 15 shapes in white, black/yellow, or black to protect the environment and the people in it.
By attaching to rigid-framed manual wheelchairs (or to folding chairs via an adaptor), FreeWheel enables consumers to push over surfaces that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to navigate. The attachment is designed to provide a longer wheelbase and reduce resistance and drag when rolling over broken sidewalks, curbs, carpet, gravel, dirt, grass and snow. Encourages a more active lifestyle by improving accessibility in all sorts of everyday and exceptional situations.
Mobility Direct (U.S. distributor)
Invented by Swiss wheelchair user and outdoor enthusiast Patrick Mayer, Wheelblades offer chair users greater access in snowy conditions. Wheelblades attach to front casters of manual chairs; the Wheelblades’ greater width distributes the user’s weight and propulsion energy over a greater surface area to keep casters from sinking into the snow. Two tracking channels on the underside of the Wheelblade compresses snow to ensure stability. Wheelblades can be easily and quickly attached to front wheels measuring 1.8 to 6 cm wide (approximately .71" to 2.36" wide). Check out wheelblades.ch, or Wheelblades’ American distributor for more information.