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Thread: Ya folks hear about Whill yet?

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    Ya folks hear about Whill yet?

    I didn't really see much in search except for a clamp on device (perhaps an earlier version), so I thought I'd share something my friend just sent me: http://whill.us/home/. Looks like a power chair to me, but... prettier. I'm mostly impressed at seeing it tackle that crazy SF slope though!

    Japanese based company, with what I'm guessing is a branch out here in SF (where they'll start doing initial sales). I'm a manual chair guy myself, but I think I'll sign up for a test drive just to see what it's like!

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    Using omni wheels for casters (they did not invent them as claimed) is a clever way to obtain power to all four wheels. Note there is no FDA approval if that matters.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    The lack of FDA approval can impact insurance paying for this or your claiming that this is "medical equipment" vs. a convenience or recreational item.

    (KLD)

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    Ahh, I was wondering what the purpose of that FDA approval disclaimer was for. Figured it might have to do with insurance!

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    That non approval might scare everyone off. But you can still go try it out. Tell them how you like it and or what they should do to improve it.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    In the early 80's, someone affiliated with Peter Axelson's (one of the advisors) company designed and built an omni wheel power chair that I tested a bit when I was in college. It didn't look as futuristic, but had some of the same characteristics and advantages. I think that chair had 4 omni wheels, because it could move sideways, in addition to or in combination with the standard movements. It was pretty neat, especially compared with the E&J's of the day, but it was pretty bulky.
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    More power to them. The industry needs innovation.

    Here's their [funded] Kickstarter page w/ other photos/video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...mobility-devic

    Not to be overlooked... they're using legit cushions and back support, by Varilite.

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    Regarding "More power to them. The industry needs innovation." - yes.

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    I think it has potential to be great. I hope it works out for them. I noticed the seat slides forward for getting closer to the diner table. That's another clever idea.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Checked the measurements...seems to take the same space as my manual, if a bit narrower. Pretty cool I think. 4X4 sounds great too. Anyone catch a price for this?

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