Permobil’s latest power wheelchair combines the maneuverability of mid-wheel drive with the many benefits of standing.
In a May 15 announcement, Permobil Americas’ President, Chuck Witkowski, said, “We’ve helped thousands of people to stand for more in the last 45 years. Our front-wheel-drive F5 Corpus VS wheelchair is our flagship chair, and we’ve used the same cutting-edge technology, ergonomic design, and customizable standing in our newest addition — the M Corpus VS. So whether you prefer front- or mid-wheel drive, now everyone can benefit from Permobil’s best-in-class power standing.”
The M Corpus VS includes redesigned knee supports: A new swing-away option is 75-percent lighter than Permobil’s original single-post design. Audra Watt, VP of Marketing, said of the change, “Our R&D teams from power and seating and positioning worked together to make this reimagined knee support that includes a BOA dial system to fine-tune adjustments for an ideal fit. We are especially excited with how the release mechanism is designed for a variety of hand functions, so wheelchair users can independently place or remove them as required. The new knee supports have convenient on-chair storage along the seat rail for when they aren’t being used but can still be kept close at hand.”
A new app called QuickConfig is designed to make programming the M Corpus VS intuitive and convenient. “Designed for equipment providers and clinicians with a variety of experience levels, this wireless programming app works on Permobil power wheelchairs equipped with Power Platform electronics,” the announcement said. “The in-app visual allows for quick customization of memory seating and standing positions, while drive performance and other wheelchair preferences are easily optimized with the new modern programming interface.”
Ashley Detterbeck, DPT, ATP/SMS, Permobil’s Regional Clinical Education Manager, said in the announcement, “The medical and functional benefits of standing, as well as access to all power seat functions, are so important to our clients and clinicians. Permobil’s great standing programming that clinicians and providers have come to love and appreciate can now reach a wider group of clients with mid-wheel drive.”
The M Corpus VS “is now widely available for demonstrations,” Permobil said, and will be available for purchase on June 15.