Permobil Connect comprehensively connects its power chairs to their users and providers. It uses an internal SIM card to communicate to the My Permobil user app and with the provider’s Fleet Management web portal, and has integrated Bluetooth to communicate with the Virtual Seating Coach app. Clients use smartphones or tablets and the My Permobil app to check on info such as battery charge and how far they’ve traveled. Providers use Permobil Connect’s maintenance feature to be proactive on service issues. Permobil Connect is standard on the M3 Corpus, M5 Corpus, F3 Corpus, F5 Corpus and F5 Corpus VS.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2018:
The addition of Connect to Permobil chairs is a real improvement. First, the fact that part of the system does not rely on a smartphone or Bluetooth is great, as many users do not have that technology. Many manufacturers have the ability to look at chair function remotely now, but most require Bluetooth to do so.
So, the ability to do this without Bluetooth opens up the functionality to everyone who uses a wheelchair. Additionally, the fact that Virtual Seating Coach (VSC) is now free for individuals who do have smartphones or tablets is great. So many clients forget to use their power features, and they say they wish they had a reminder. This is exactly that!
Plus, for my clients who I want to drive slightly tilted to help with seating, the VSC can show them they are tilted the 10-15° I’ve recommended. VSC has been around for a while, but it was always an upcharge feature that most of my clients could not afford. So, this is a real step forward.
— Lauren Rosen, PT, MPT, MSMS, ATP/SMS, Program Coordinator, Motion Analysis Center, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa
The newest vehicle from WHILL is the Model Ci, which quickly disassembles into three lightweight components for easy transport. Model Ci includes Bluetooth and mobile data connectivity, and has a range of up to 10 minutes with a top speed of 5 mph. Thanks to two powerful motors, a compact size and the manufacturer’s patented Omni wheels, Model Ci is able to maneuver nimbly in tight spaces inside while also handling outdoor terrains.
M1 Power Chair
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2018:
The anterior tilt packages and Connected chair features are one of a kind, and the chair overall is unmatched in terms of quality, durability and positioning.
— Chris Bittner, ATP, Numotion
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2017:
The integrated mouse/Bluetooth module allows mounting to the rear, which allows alternate drive clients to interact with their environment when funding sources are limited. The caster wheels’ new shape allows changing direction without a lot of unintended movement, which is crucial for an alternate drive client.
— Jeff Decker, ATP/SMS, CRTS, National Seating & Mobility
M3 is a great progression of Permobil’s mid-wheel-drive chair that users find very appealing functionally and aesthetically. The anterior tilt Active Reach options are changing the way we can view transfer solutions, and it also allows users to accomplish activities of daily living in a safer and easier way, including reaching into high cabinets and beyond obstruction.
— Robert Houston, ATP, Numotion
Power Anterior Tilt
Forward reach made easier: A separate power module provides up to 30° of anterior tilt, while maintaining full posterior tilt abilities. The module is designed for use with Motion Concepts’ UltraLow Maxx Power Positioning system and is especially effective with the elevating module to support daily activities, including self or assisted transfers and visual field orientation. The rear of the entire system (i.e., tilt or tilt/recline) is raised. A Synchronized Option for Center Mount Front Rigging with Anterior Tilt maintains the leg angle as the client anteriorly tilts. Seat-to-floor heights as low as 18" are possible. Weight capacity is 250 lbs.
iLevel Power Chairs
Now, clients can drive up to 4.5 mph with their seat fully elevated up to 12". This new capability is available for iLevel systems on Quantum’s new Q6 Edge 3, and the chair maintains its enhanced safety thanks to iLevel’s patented Extra Stability Technology. iLevel has a 300-lb. weight capacity on the Q6 Edge 3, Edge 2.0, Edge 2.0 X and Edge Z. A 400-lb. capacity is available on the Q6 Edge HD. iLevel-equipped chairs are available in up to 24 color options, feature front and rear LED fender lights, and come standard with Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls with Bluetooth.
Designed to be clinically functional at an affordable price point, the Vector HD features four-pole motors to provide enhanced efficiency, torque and range. It has 14" drive wheels, 8x3" front and rear casters, and a rugged suspension to handle tougher terrains. All seating functions have a weight capacity of 450 lbs. Seat widths of 20-24" and seat depths of 16-22" (adjustable in 1" increments) help to ensure that critical positioning options are accessible to a wider range of clients.
TRU-Balance 3 with Safe Seat Elevation
TRU-Balance 3 Power Positioning provides the ultimate in complex rehab seating and ADL functionality, including 12" iLevel elevation with Extra Stability Technology on the Q6 Edge 2.0 and 10" of Safe Seat Elevation on the 4Front. All elevation configurations allow walking-speed driving while elevated.
Combining the highly maneuverable, mid-wheel-drive X3 power base with Ultra Low Maxx Power Positioning and Invacare Matrx Seating gives clinicians the ability to supply kids and adults with all the function and durability they crave. The compact X3 has a 20" turning radius and a new 6.2-mph top speed, with faster acceleration. Ultra Low Maxx Power Positioning is a modular, expandable system with up to 50° of CG tilt and 170° of recline. The Matrx Elite TR back is built especially for tilt and tilt/recline, and Matrx PS/Vi and Libra cushions provide positioning and skin protection.
Sunrise Medical (US) LLC
QM-7 with SEDEO ERGO
The QM-7 with SEDEO ERGO seating and SpiderTrac 2.0 suspension redefines power chair technology. Performance springs create a more intuitive drive and better wheel contact, with more wheels on the ground at any time. The SURETRAC option enhances driving performance by keeping the chair driving straight over irregular terrain. Power seating keeps users comfortable and supported while in tilt, recline or elevation. SEDEO ERGO’s C-Me function allows driving up to 3 mph while elevating.