A new voice assistant feature on Permobil’s app means that wheelchair users can now access key wheelchair information verbally while at home or on the go.
The MyPermobil app is now programmed to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices, providing hands-free, real-time power wheelchair insights to even more end-users.
Permobil claims the app is the only one from a wheelchair manufacturer that responds to a user’s voice and empowers them with more knowledge and less work.
The app communicates directly with the user’s power wheelchair through an integrated SIM card to provide the most up-to-date information on individual battery range estimates, distance travelled, and power seating activity.
It does not require the end user’s data or Wi-Fi once activated.
The connected wheelchair technology has been standard on all Permobil M & F-Series Corpus and Corpus VS wheelchairs for years.
These models come Connect-ready, and once the end-user downloads the app and activates MyPermobil, the information is automatically transferred into the smartphone app for easy access.
“Many Permobil users have conditions that impact their gross motor function to reach for their smartphone, and fine motor function to tap the screen,” explains Ginger Walls, director of clinical and technical education at Permobil.
“For users lacking this dexterity to use their MyPermobil app with their hands, they can now take advantage of the many in-app functions with their voice.”