wheelAIR, whose cooling wheelchair backrest has attracted a lot of market interest since it launched, has revealed it is working with Consolor to create a new modular seating solution.
The wheelAIR cushion has been traditionally designed to fit on the backs of wheelchairs due to its ease of installment but it was always the company’s goal to have the fan technology available in other seating systems too.
The deal combines the cooling airflow properties of wheelAIR and the close contouring and postural support of Consolor carved foam and moulded seating systems.
The fan technology works by blowing air onto the backs of wheelchair users, reducing excess heat and moisture and ultimately improving comfort.
Consolor has now incorporated the wheelAIR option into all of its custom seating prescription forms as a standard available option, as well as its modular seat SOLO.
wheelAIR said to work with Consolor and cool those who use moulded seating is “a huge milestone” for the start-up.
It said: “We know that those who use these seats often struggle the most with heat and moisture build up, so we are excited by how this could transform their lives.”
Kieran Cheer, managing director of Consolor, said: “By recessing the vents of the wheelAIR system into the carved foam backrest the custom contours are maintained and the user benefits from the cooling airflow throughout the height of the backrest.”
Corien Staels, Managing Director of wheelAIR said: “To collaborate with Consolor and now be able to cool people who use custom seats is a huge milestone for us.
“We know that those who use custom seats often struggle the most with heat and moisture build up, so we are excited by how this could transform their lives.”
wheelAIR officially launched onto the market in November after two years of development.
The Glasgow-based start-up largely sells direct to end-users online but also targets retail partners.
Recently, FastAid Products, a dealer part of the John Preston Healthcare Group, sold a number of wheelAIR cooling backrest cushions to Edinburgh Airport for wheelchair using passengers to use.
The wheelAIR cushions were purchased following a successful summer trial and are designed to make air passengers who use wheelchairs more comfortable while they are at the airport.