Active drive for wheelchairs

Active drive for wheelchairs

A wheelchair makes it possible for a disabled person to move around and promote activity. However, even with good technical coordination it is often not possible for users to move around sufficiently by themselves as slopes, kerbs, door thresholds often present barriers.
To help overcome these barriers E-motion provides active assistance when pushing a wheelchair. Well disguised electric motors in the wheel hubs provide the extra thrust. When the push rim is engaged sensors automatically determine the energy and the length of support necessary and the driving characteristics adapt automatically while the chair is moving.

E-motion fits most wheelchairs by simply exchanging the normal wheelchair wheels with the e-motion driving wheels. The compact design of the E-motion wheels makes transportation easy and the batteries supplied with the system can be easily removed while in a sitting position and recharged in two and a half hours. Another product in this range is the E- fix, an electric drive for wheelchairs. E-fix can be adapted to almost any manual wheelchair. Custom designed wheelchairs can now have the flexibility of power and manual drive. The electric motors are located in the hubs of the drive wheels while the control unit is level with the armrest.

The lightweight batteries hang under the seat and provide a driving range of up to 15km on one charge. The ergonomic control unit features indoor and outdoor driving modes at the touch of a button. Variable speed control in adjusted using the control dial. A removable handset is provided for comfortable positioning. All driving properties can be individually programmed to the requirements of the user and the drive wheels can be easily disengaged and the wheel chair propelled manually. Existing manual wheels may be interchangeable with the E-fix drive wheels. Both of these products are manufactured by Alber in Germany and are represented by Barry Edy in South Africa. For more information call (031) 776 4992, 0826573734 or e-mail: bedy@iafrica.com.

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