In a Sept. 11 announcement, the manufacturers said the new alliance would “bolster the quality and availability of smart seating cushions for wheelchair users worldwide.”
Kalogon’s Orbiter cushion “monitors pressure changes within air cells and adapts to user-defined preferences in real time to maximize comfort and stability,” according the company’s Web site. The cushion continuously redistributes pressure using pre-set parameters in the Kalogon app, which can be managed by wheelchair riders, clinicians, and caregivers. The cushion powers on when the user sits on it and powers off when it senses no pressure being applied.
Magnus Björkqvist, Etac’s SVP Wheelchairs & Pressure Care, said in the announcement, “Etac has a 50-year legacy of promoting user abilities and independence through our assistive devices, and teaming with innovative companies like Kalogon ensures we can continue to lead the state of the art in pressure care. Kalogon’s air management systems are a game changer in our spaces, and together we can deliver the latest pressure care solutions on the market to everyone who needs them.”
Tim Balz, Kalogon’s founder and CEO, added, “Partnering with Etac gives Kalogon a competitive edge, leveraging their strong reputation and go-to-market strategies. Combining our innovations in smart seating with Etac’s expertise in pressure injuries is a win-win for our businesses and customers.”