World’s first power wheelchair capable of full body extension unveiled
“It supports those with weak or no ability for self-stabilisation for everyday life situations such as sitting, mobilising and standing”
Ottobock has launched the world’s first power wheelchair that allows for full body extension thanks to its complete hip extension capabilities.
The new C1000 SF power wheelchair with standing function was developed following demand for a product that is more flexible when fitting individuals in the complex rehab segment. This breakthrough innovation will benefit those who do not have sufficient strength to move a wheelchair or bring themselves into an upright position.
The standing unit enables the user to stand up even if they have very little strength and muscle tension of their own. Its biomechanics enable the user to achieve gentle standing that is physiologically and psychologically more assured.
Simon Tempest, Mobility Manager at Ottobock, said: “Standing contributes to both physical and social well-being. When clinically appropriate, everyone should have the chance to stand. The C1000 SF does just that and without over complicated features. It supports those with weak or no ability for self-stabilisation for everyday life situations such as sitting, mobilising and standing.”
The C1000 SF is for both indoor and outdoor use, offering those with limited mobility an attractive means of transport and the possibility of moving into a standing position from sitting at any time in a physiologically correct manner. It can even be safely manoeuvred while in the standing position and the speed is automatically reduced for safety according to the company.
It is front wheel drive and has a gentle, unique steering system whereby each of the two caster wheels is rotated up to 360 degrees by a separate steering motor. This provides optimum manoeuvrability and traction so there is no need for fork trailing. As a result, less space is required when turning, so-called ‘wheel wobble’ is prevented and there is better directional stability on sloped surfaces; all lending itself to improved safety when travelling.
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