Category: Training and Education

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Smart Actuators: what are they and what do they do?

Actuators are used on power wheelchairs to make the seat move – so it is an actuator that makes a seat move back into tilt, or the back support recline, or the leg supports elevate. A smart actuator is an actuator that has a sensor attached to it, allowing it to sense its position in…

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Applications for ActiveReach™ & ActiveHeight™

ActiveHeight™ and ActiveReach™ is the dynamic combination of power seat elevation and anterior tilt function now available to power wheelchair users who rely on power seat functions to improve their health, function, and participation in everyday life. The combination of ActiveHeight™ and ActiveReach™ allows the wheelchair user to perform tasks in a more ergonomically correct…

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Is your client’s skin protected outside of the wheelchair? Examining short-term seating surfaces and when to use them

In the world of seating and mobility, pressure injuries are a big deal. It is our job as clinicians and therapists to prevent peak pressure through the use of seating and positioning products, to minimize risk of pressure injuries. In today’s blog we’re taking a look at the mechanics of pressure injuries and will identify…

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SmartDrive MX2+ App Update: Improved PushTracker E2 Performance

As an occupational therapist who worked in seating clinics throughout my career, I always appreciated technologies that were innovative and improved by user feedback. Now, as the Director of Market Development for TiLite and SmartDrive, I get to help answer the challenge of integrating user feedback into product development and product updates. The PushTracker E2…

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Exploring The PushTracker E2 with Aaron Baker

Four years ago my friend let me demo her SmartDrive & PushTracker, and within 10 minutes of using it, I knew it would change my life. Fast forward to today, and I have explored over 40 cities in the United States, discovered 3 countries, and traveled independently for business all because of the original Smart…

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Lessons learned in our many years of developing Standing Power Wheelchairs

It is easy to look at the F5 Corpus VS and be in awe of its ability to transition someone from sitting to standing with smoothness and grace. While the flagship chair of the Permobil line is amazing in all capacities, we cannot overlook the lessons we have learned in the last 43 years of…

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To Switch or Not to Switch: Should You Switch from Switch Control?

Part 1 in our 3-part series about iOS 13 and the amazing new accessibility function. Mouse Emulation on an iPad? Moving a cursor on a screen on an iPhone? Did I just read that correctly? Yes, you did! When Apple released iOS 13 last Fall, in addition to new Memojis, an amazing new accessibility function…

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Common Concerns About Early Power Mobility Devices

The final part in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10 and part 11. Perhaps one of the mostly widely known authors on this topic are Wiart and Darrah from an article published in 2002 entitled “Changing philosophical perspectives…

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Functional Elements of the Explorer Mini’s Saddle Seat

Part 11 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9 and part 10. The saddle seat was designed intentionally to facilitate an upright posture through developmentally appropriate supports. Research regarding the use of either flat seats or saddle-like seating has been…

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