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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • Electric Wheelchair Review - Drive Medical Titan

    Continuing with our review of electric wheelchairs we have this week been spending some time with the Drive Medical Titan powerchair to see how it fairs against the competition in the electric wheelcahir market. As with our Cirrus powerchair review in January we will be looking at the chair from many perspectives with a view to giving it a final rating.

    Starting with maneuverability, this motorised wheelchair has a a good basic design to allow it to turn smoothly in as relatively small radius, when we say relatively it is in relation to its overall length. Other considerations with maneuverability include speed, and this powerchair has a top speed of 4 mph which is about average for this type of power-operated chair.

    Range is also about average with 15 miles being achievable from a single battery
    charge. Perhaps its main advantage under the maneuverability heading is its turning circle which is just 25" which is about the same as its overall width, meaning that it does literally turn on the spot. This is a key feature particularly if you wish to use the electric wheelchair inside and in confided spaces.

    Drive Medical electric wheelchair chasis Drive Medical powerchair chasis is compact

    Next we move on to comfort. It is not uncommon for folk to remain in their powerchair for several hours at a time and so it is incredibly important that the users remains comfortable throughout and that there is sufficient support to remain comfortable. Ride comfort is generally goverened by the number of wheels, 4 or 6 and suspension. This Titan electric wheelchair has 6 wheels and a reasonably long wheelbase meaning that the chair spreads its weight over a greater area allowing it to iron out undulations, lumps and bumps fairly well.

    An electric wheelchair that's easy to transport

    The Drive Medical Titan folded The Drive Medical Titan folded for storage or transprtation

    The seat can be height adjusted to allow for taller users with longer legs. The powerchair seat is very comfortable and does swivel allowing easier mount and dismount. The chair seat and back are padded for comfort but firm enough to give good support. It comes with an adjustable headrest that is removable to minimise space needed when storing or transporting the powerchair. The arm
    rests are also adjustable to ensure they are at the right height for support and
    comfort. The foot plates can also be adjusted to help adopt good posture during those long days out.

    This moves us on to transportability. The Titan powerchair folds down with ease for transport in a car. It folds in to a relatively compact space and weighs in at 68KG. The key with the Titan is that no tools are required to collapse this electric wheelchair in to smaller easy to handle parts making transprt by car relatively simple.

    Dynamic Shark programmable controller Easy to use dynamic Shark programmable controller

    Finally the Titan powerchair has a good array of safety features. Starting with 6 wheels, this makes the chair more stable than some to prevent slipping. A lap belt is fitted to keep you in your seat and the solid tyres front and back mean that you won't be caught out with a puncture.

    So how do we rate the Titan powerchair overall ?

    From a cost of ownership this model represents very good value overall backed up by Drive Medicals warranty that covers the frame for life, the electric components for 14 months and the batteries for 6 months. This electric wheelchair really does represent value for money.

  • Wheelchair Man Superhero

    What an interesting story it was to read when i heard about wheelchair man superhero ! a comic book character created by an injured Afghan child who was left paralyzed after his house was hit by a bomb and is now reliant on his wheelchair.

    This story, albeit true is both interesting and compelling and shows the real strength of character of the boy known as Mohammad Sayed. Mohamed, no a US citizen designed a comic book superhero - Wheelchair Man - based on his own life story.

    His mother died when he was just 5 or 6 years of age, a short time later he was seriously injured leaving him disabled and in need of treatment and a wheelchair. He was abandoned by his father who left him in the care of the hospital which was run by a team of 500 Italian medics. His spinal cord damage means that he will never walk and that a wheelchair was going to be a way of life for him.

    While in hospital he was asked to pay for his own food and clothes, so he started a small business repairing cell phones which eventually lead to him inventing a series of wheelchair accessories.

    After 7 years in the hospital Mohamed’s life took a change and he was adopted by a US citizen and taken to the states in his wheelchair still aged only 12. In his early days in the US he received medical treatment to straighten his spine.

    A few years on he began to learn a bit about engineering which was the start of his career in making wheelchair accessories. It started by him scouring the Internet for things to fit to his wheelchair but noticed quickly that many wheelchair accessories were over engineered and therefore overpriced.

    So Mohamed started designing his own inventions that included a cup-holder, a tripod for his camera and a canopy to keep the sun and rain off, all of which attached to his wheelchair. What was different here was that his wheelchair accessories were designed by a wheelchair user for wheelchair users. As he points out many of these products are designed to be fitted to the back of the wheelchair and therefore only in reach of the attendant and not the wheelchair user.

    Then something big happened, somehow the White House heard about his antics and he was invited to the 2015 White House Science Fair and presented to President Obama. This publicity catapulted him in to the spotlight where he has been able to continue his development of wheelchair gadgets on a commercial basis and the development of his beloved Wheelchair Man fictional character.

    Inspired by different comic characters - Spider Man and Iron Man he noticed the absence of any superheroes that represent the wheelchair community. "This is the greatest country, how is it possible that they have no wheelchair superhero?" he said.

    He wanted to celebrate the skills, powers and capabilities that wheelchair users have, so Mohamed started to create a superhero called Wheelchair Man based on his own real-life story.

    His character Wheelchair Man is a teenager, he's an immigrant and he's a Muslim. Hi s plan is to develop a comic book series to inspire people with disabilities. Wheelchair man is against hatred and he wants to end violence and make this world a better place. But he already has plans for more ! including Wheelchair Woman, Wheelchair Girl, Wheelchair Boy and Captain Afghanistan ! all of whom will be based on the real lives of wheelchair users from developing countries.

    We wish him luck and look forward to catching site of his wheelchair hero publications.

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