Dominic

A wheelchair user for 20 years, Dominic looks at how a wheelchair works for its user base, not the brochure. Dominic is our lead editor.

Interview: Inventor of the smart wheelchair

When the news broke about there being a British finalist in the Toyota Mobility Challenge, we got excited.  Dominic spoke to Andrew Slorance about his newest idea and learnt more about the smart wheelchair. What’s the smart wheelchair about? Key to the design of a manual wheelchair is the Centre of Gravity.  By making the Centre of Gravity smart, the wheelchair can then become more or less p...

Five visions for the future of mobility unveiled at CES

The five finalists in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge have been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4 million global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis. The Challenge invited engineers, innovators, and designers from across the wo...

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TGA WHILL Model C Powerchair wins prestigious Independent Living Design accolade

WHILL Model C, the multi award-winning powered wheelchair from TGA, has triumphed again with another prestigious accolade – the BHTA Independent Living Design Award 2018. Now in its 23rd year, the Independent Living Design Award is recognised by members of the healthcare trade as the flagship title that highlights the very best in innovation. Manufacturers, designers and retailers were invit...

Try before you buy from wheelAIR and Loopwheels

It’s always important to test a product linked to your wheelchair before you spend lots of money.  While wheelchair manufacturers offer test drives, for accessories that’s a little harder.  Not now though, with try before you buy from wheelAIR and Loopwheels.  What does it mean exactly?  We’ve taken a quick look to help you learn more. Try a wheelAIR Lets get the basics out the w...

IDPwD 2018

It’s the IDPwD – International Day for People with Disability and we want to celebrate all that’s good about our friends and colleagues with disabilities.  Many disabled people make a massive difference for all of use, no matter how big or small the actions, so here are some of our favourites from 2018 (so far). What is the International Day for People with Disability? It’s...

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Whill C Review

When we reviewed the Whill M back in November 2017, to say that it didn’t light our fire was a fair assessment  Whilst it didn’t look like a wheelchair, it had a few issues that left us feeling that in balance, it was incredibly expensive for what it was. The Whill C has been developed to change all that, so Dominic was despatched to TGA Mobility in Sudbury to take a first look. Whill C Specificat...

Invacare introduce new Action 5 Rigid

Invacare is expanding its tried and trusted Action family – known for its versatile folding manual wheelchairs.  The latest addition has been revealed as Invacare introduce the new Action 5 Rigid Based on the proven Action family design, Action 5 Rigid features an energy efficient, rigid frame designed to provide effortless propulsion by the user.  This gives excellent manoeuvrability and dr...

The importance of talking on World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October – we want to explore the importance of talking, especially in a world where social media and disability can offer opportunities when isolation is at high levels.  So, grab a cup of tea and lets talk mental health. Sharing experiences One important step in tackling mental health issues is about talking to others who might have similar experienc...

Batec Versus Firefly – budget handcyles head to head

The Batec is known across the manual wheelchair sector for being a robust wheelchair add-on handcycle, with manual, powered and hybrid modes.  The Rio Firefly is a competitor, with a lower price but similar power and speed.  Which should you look at?  We’ve done a head to head to find out – it’s the Batec Versus Firefly. But before we begin – there’s a couple things we must also ...

AMP Industry Award Winners

The winners of the inaugural AMP Awards have been announced following a glittering evening and awards ceremony in Birmingham.  Top mobility equipment retailers from across the country gathered in the Pavilion Suite of the Hilton Metropole to celebrate innovation and excellence within the industry.  Managing directors, buyers and showroom managers were out in force after many had earlier attended t...

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