Very cool! What an innovator [“Rory Cooper: The Man Behind the Technology,” May 2017].
How About More?
Maybe they can find something for pressure sores and a device that can help [someone] transfer from their power chair to another chair or sofa. Keep up the fantastic work [“Rory Cooper …”].
New Products Too Expensive
For these to be so expensive just plain rules out the majority of people that would benefit greatly from these great bits of equipment [“Cool New Products Unveiled at ISS,” May 2017]. I am paraplegic and would love to be able to buy the things that could make life that little bit easier.
Aussies Pay More
Not even close to what we pay for the same stuff here in Australia. US$350 ROHO cushion is about AU$900. Even when our dollar was worth more than the U.S. dollar, we paid a lot more.
I travel by air from Tennessee to Newfoundland every month for work. I take a large suitcase [“Best Travel Products for Wheelchair Users,” May 16, 2017, newmobility.com]. I made a small hitch and attached it to my wheelchair’s axle. I have to take my backpack off the chair to hook the suitcase to the hitch, but it’s not a problem. After dropping the suitcase handle on the hitch, I put the backpack on the back of my manual chair and off I go. The shortness of the suitcase handle limits how much I can turn, but it hasn’t been difficult to get around. It backs up well, too. I have another backpack I keep my laptop and things in, which I use a bungee cord to strap around my neck so it doesn’t fall out of my lap. So far this arrangement has worked well for me.
More Power to Sam Schmidt
As a paraplegic who daily drives a [Corvette] Z06, I find it awesome that others with more severe injuries can experience the same feeling of excitement and liberation from driving a sports car! [“Former IndyCar Driver Sam Schmidt Races Mario Andretti,” May 19 News, newmobility.com] Most of life slows down when you use a wheelchair, so it’s incredible to have a release where that isn’t the case.