Permobil has launched the SmartDrive PushTracker E2 in a move it hopes can bring manual wheelchair users a new level of independence.
The company says the new product is the most advanced wheelchair power assist system on the global market.
A gesture-controlled smartwatch app enables users to simply tap the wheel to control the powerful SmartDrive MX2+ motor via Bluetooth.
Now available to order, the Permobil-developed solution combines the lightweight SmartDrive MX2+ power assist device with the extremely rugged PushTracker E2 smartwatch.
The system uses an app to provide hands-free, gesture-activated control and activity tracking.
SmartDrive increases users’ ability to move long distances, tackle slopes and uneven surfaces, and handle daily tasks such as shopping, which can be a challenge for manual wheelchair users.
By reducing the need for pushing, the system also helps to prevent repetitive shoulder strain injuries, which are common among manual wheelchair users.
Ben Hemkens, director of operations at Power Assist Devices, said: “As with all of our solutions, the SmartDrive PushTracker E2 was developed with the user in mind. Manual wheelchair users push their chairs thousands of times per day, which can lead to serious shoulder strain. With SmartDrive PushTracker E2, it’s one tap on the push rims and you’re going.”
While Gordon Cunningham, who leads Permobil’s UK operation, adds: “We are constantly striving to find ways to contribute to our user’s quality of life. As well as our power wheelchair products, we want to communicate the possibilities that our combination of manual wheelchairs (TiLite) with power assist devices (SmartDrive) offer to users, extending their mobility, increasing function and opening up possibilities for excursions and travel.”