Traditional wheelchairs do a great job of improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. However, there is one big thing that these traditional wheelchairs haven’t yet addressed: shock absorption.
SoftWheel, an Israeli technology startup, wants to change that and provides a smoother ride. Tel Aviv, an Israel-based company, develops wheels with a flexible shock-absorption system to ensure a better wheelchair experience.
The company just finalized a deal with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. government agency that provides medical services to veterans. According to the online publication Times of Israel, the U.S. Veterans Affairs has already approved the supply of some 361 wheelchairs equipped with SoftWheel’s wheel technology.
Additionally, the Israeli company also teamed up with the VA-approved wheelchair manufacturer Ki Mobility to supply the wheelchairs. U.S. veterans can now request the SoftWheel-fitted wheelchairs through an appointment at local VA clinics. Veterans will also receive full reimbursement for their wheelchair expenses.
How the SoftWheel ‘s technology will change the wheelchair industry:
The SoftWheel’s product incorporates a unique and adaptive suspension system built directly into the wheel. The suspension system activates as shock absorbers only when it hit an obstacle. This unique design allows the SoftWheel’s product to absorb shocks from any direction. This enables the wheelchair users to go even on rough terrain, in a more stable and smoother way.
In layman's terms, the wheels ease users over rough terrain and take those bumpy rides from obstacles to just feats of adventure.
In addition to the wheelchair technology, the Israeli company is also working on a new kind of suspension technology for vehicles and bicycles.
This is not the first time SoftWheel has teamed up with a company or organization. The company has already made other partnerships in the past years. These include the U.S.-based Numotion, one of the leading wheelchair providers in the U.S. market, and The Independence Fund, a non-profit organization that provides medical services to U.S. veterans.
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