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May 21, 2015 11:42AM, Published by David Norby, Categories: Gear, Today




Arm + Leg Stim

The RT200 is a functional electrical stimulation (FES) system that provides simultaneous elliptical arm and leg therapy, which is more likely to bring higher cardiovascular demands compared to leg or arm therapy alone. FES systems use electrodes applied to the skin; the RT200 can activate up to 10 muscle groups in one or both arms, one or both legs and within the core abdominal and erector spinae muscles. Unlike the more common RT300, which one can wheel right up to, the 200 requires a transfer to its built-in seat; it’s best for paraplegics. restorative-therapies.com


Zip Your Own Self

Shawn O’Bray injured his spinal cord 20 years ago. “I wanted to become independent, and I succeeded, except for one thing: I couldn’t button and zip my pants.” Shawn got to thinking. “ I had an idea of a tool that might work. The next day I drew my idea on a piece of paper and had a friend build it for me. I’ve been using it for over 10 years. Recently I decided that I should get this product out so other people could have the advantage that I have.” It’s called BAZWNG, which means Button And Zip With No Grip. $12 each. bazwng.net


 

Eye to Eye

Meet the iLevel, a new seat elevation technology that allows users to remain moving at eye-level height (a ten-inch rise) while operating a power wheelchair at walking speed. Said C5 quad Kiel Eigen, 22, “The iLevel has truly changed my life. In my previous chairs, I rarely used the seat lift because I really couldn’t move anywhere. With iLevel, I have full mobility at standing height, so from grocery shopping to strolling the boardwalk with my girlfriend, I have independence and stature that I haven’t known since my accident. It’s doubled my functionality.” From Quantum Rehab/Pride Mobility Products. quantumrehab.com


All Wheels on Deck

Mike Mayes is a lifelong boat guy. He got to wondering about folks in chairs being able to access the waters of his Washington State. “I couldn’t remember ever seeing a wheelchair-accessible boat and started searching the web. Nothing was built in the U.S. Thinking of friends and family with mobility challenges, I decided to design and build a stable, safe, electric powered, shallow draft craft that was easily boarded with a wheelchair.” Thus was born ADA Boats. They’re made for protected waters, not for going to Catalina, he says. Holds 12, comes with ramp. About $23,900. adaboats.com •



Article © The Hub SoCal Magazine published by Style Media Group

Product images courtesy of their respective companies/organizations. 

Article appears in the May/June 2015 Issue of The Hub So Cal Magazine.



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