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  • Womens wheelchair doubles performance

    It's looking good for Britain Jordanne Whiley in the US Open wheelchair women's tennis. Jordanne has just reached her first grand slam final having beaten Aniek Van Koot from the Netherlands.

    Whiley, 23, lost the first set on a tie-break but won the next two to complete a 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-3 triumph over the Dutch second seed, having won 6-3 6-1 against American Kaitlyn Verfuerth in the quarter-finals.
    She will play her doubles partner Yui Kamiji in todday's final.

    In addition to her singles results Jordanne also excelled in the doubles but lost in the last four of the US Open wheelchair women's doubles, while fellow Brit Gordon Reid did reach the final of the men's doubles. Having been disappointed with her performance in the quarter finals, Jordanne tweeted "Well that's what happens when you have an absolute shambles and play like an idiot" which seems a little harsh as she played well and covered the ground impressively well in her sports wheelchair adapted for tennis.

  • First Smart Electric Wheelchair is shown

    In days when there are apps for everything and many gadgets are going smart it was only a question of time before it would happen in the world of wheelchairs !

    AT& T one of the Worlds largest network suppliers has teamed up with Swedish electric wheelchair manufacturer Permobil to produce what they can a connected wheelchair. Although only at proof of concept stage so far the model has been displayed at CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas.

    Aimed at empowering folk with disabilities and improving their quality of everyday life, the wheelchair has the technology and Internet connection to monitor the chair for user comfort, overall performance, maintenance requirements and even the chairs location. The data that is gathered is then used by carers and developers alike to provide feedback allowing them to improve on all aspects of the performance.

    “The connected wheelchair is a great example of how the AT&T Foundry can quickly collaborate with a customer on a proof of concept to bring connectivity and intelligence to a new range of devices,” said Mike Troiano, vice-president of AT&T industrial IoT systems. “We’re using innovative technology to solve real-world problems and, in this case, potentially improve quality of life,” he said.

    GPS technology is used for what they call wheelchair fleet management whilst also providing data on battery status and performance and the more simple aspects of maintenance which i s then used to ensure the chair is serviced when required and kept in optimum condition. This in turn provides confidence for both the electric wheelchair user and the carers.

    In addition to this comfort is monitored by saving data on many things including seating position, cushion pressure which will help to spot sings of misuse including bad posture or slumping both of which can lead to dangerous pressure ulcers, particularly important to users who may lack sensation below the waist.

    So, here comes the App ! the Swedish manufacturer of powerchairs has developed the virtual seating coach App and cloud service, which provides seating system information and tracks if users are following recommended regimens.

    “Our guiding star when developing any product comes directly from company founder Per Udden, who has stated that every person with a disability has the right to have his or her handicap compensated as far as possible by aids with the same technical standard as those we all use in our everyday lives,” said Olof Hedin, CIO at Permobil.

    “Permobil’s collaboration with the AT&T Foundry is the epitome of how to bring today’s technology into the complex rehabilitation arena to benefit users, clinicians and stakeholders.”

  • Zinger lightweight folding electric wheelchair

    NOW IN STOCK CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR ZINGER !

    We recently attended a healthcare trade show where we saw a lot of new mobility products as expected. There were one or two surprises where we saw products that were entirely new and innovative.

    One of these was the Zinger electric wheelchair which caught my eye due to its compact design and its simple folding mechanism that makes this electric wheelchair truly portable and easy to transport in the boot of an average sized car. This electric wheelchair is also very lightweight at under 18KGs ! the lightest we have ever encountered.
    Zinger lightweight folding wheelchair

    Folding powerchairs are not common and this one does, we think, provide a solution to those of you who need portability.
    Zinger wheelchair folded flat for transportation

    A very versatile electric wheelchair

    Available in 3 colours, the Zinger electric wheelchair has some useful features including standard items like anti tippers but also additions like a fairly loud beeper horn to warn others of your presence.

    It has a variable speed control system and allows selection of a sedate indoor setting that provides excellent maneuverability and a faster outdoor setting to allow you to make more progress when you are out on trips. The maximum speed for outside use is a healthy 4mph making this electric wheelchair a practical every day solution. There is also the reverse mode.

    We would say that this powerchair is certainly not going to suit everyone as it lacks certain comforts that more expensive chairs offer. It does suit those who want a small compact portable solution and ideal for those who travel frequently.

    Very easy to use and fairly quick

    What makes this electric wheelchair rather unusual is the steering system. The typical joystick controller has been replaced with a very simple but intuitive lever steer system. This has been deployed to allow the wheelchair to be folded with ease and cuts down on the need for excessive wiring that can get trapped when folding. It also helps to keep the wheelchair very lightweight at under 18 KGs.

    An easily folding portable powerchair

    NOW IN STOCK CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR ZINGER !

    The Zinger is fun to use and easy to handle

    One thing everyone who tried the wheelchair did comment on was that it was fun to drive ! this is not something you hear many powerchair users saying but it certainly is. The control and quick response is  impressive, as is the tight turning circle.

    Finally, the key benefit of this electric wheelchair is that by removing the steering column and handle bars, this Zinger powerchair can easily pull up to a table or desk making it ideal for use within the home and office.

    Zinger powerchair fits under tables with ease

    The price is competitive making this a very attractive purchase !


    Please call us if you have any questions or require more information on the all new Zinger !

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