Nearly everyone knows about ReWalk, the revolutionary robotic exoskeleton invented in Israel that allows paraplegics to stand, walk, and even navigate steps and run marathons.
Ironically, ReWalk inventor Amit Goffer cannot use his own device because he is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down following an accident in 1997. But last summer he was finally able to leave home in an upright position, riding the most recent of his inventions — the alpha model of the UPnRIDE.
The first commercial model, UPnRIDE 1.0, will be unveiled at the Rehacare International trade fair in Düsseldorf at the end of September. Continue Reading »
Fitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day. But if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re out of luck.
Apple wants to change that with an upcoming Apple Watch feature announced Monday. Instead of standing breaks, people in wheelchairs will be prompted to wheel or spin their chairs around regularly. Apple will also start tracking distance, speed and calories burned during wheelchair use, just as it does for walking or running. Continue Reading »
United Spinal Association will host a free webinar on March 31st at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT, on how to obtain a wheelchair that fits the unique needs of each person living with a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D).
The webinar will be of value to both wheelchair users and clinicians. It will provide an update on the status of important wheelchair legislation and policies that affect people living with SCI/D. Continue Reading »
Hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits are often out of reach for paralyzed military veterans. Soon, with the help of ITC employees, more veterans will have access to specialized all-terrain wheelchairs.
Through charitable contributions from its employees, ITC has raised funds to purchase nine track chairs from Action Trackchairs to be used by veterans from communities in Michigan, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas.
“I am grateful for our employees’ generosity toward this cause, I know many of us hold it near to our hearts,” said Joe Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings, Corp. Continue Reading »
WATERBORO (WGME) — A company known for its top-secret tanks is keeping its biggest and best secret for one of their own.
For the past four months employees at Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro have been secretly building a “Ripchair 3.0” for Tony Tulo, a salesperson at the company who is paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »
Magic Wheelchair designs and builds epic costumes that incorporate the child’s wheelchair and theme of choice
Ryan Weimer has been making elaborate Halloween costumes for his own kids since 2008. Last year, he decided to start Magic Wheelchair so that other disabled children could enjoy similarly intricate costumes.
Weimer has three children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that confines them to wheelchairs. Continue Reading »