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Innovation for wheelchair users thanks to Glasgow based startup wheelAIR

There are many variables that can make using a wheelchair uncomfortable. Overheating is one such issue. Some of us may have needed to use a wheelchair temporarily during hospital visits, in which case we got just a taste of what it might be like to sit in one all day.

Of course, hospital wheelchairs aren’t representative, but leather, vinyl, and even nylon can fail to give the breathability and moisture wicking that something being sat in all WheelAirday should have. This leads to the user overheating and being unable to perform their job, hobby, or simply enjoy the sun without getting unnecessarily uncomfortable.

Glasgow-based wheelAIR is solving this issue with a simple backrest cushion specifically designed to remove excess heat and moisture from wheelchair users and keep their core temperature down.

It is a silent, battery-powered airflow backrest cushion designed with the input of Paralympic athletes. With 4 cooling settings and 20 hours of battery life, it means no more ice packs, no more uncomfortable, potentially dangerous overheating.

wheelair screenLast September, wheelAIR announced that they were working with custom seating maker Consolor Ltd to bring their cooling airflow technology into Consolor’s custom, moulded seats and their modular seating system. Because users of moulded seating often struggle with overheating the most, this collaboration marks a big milestone for wheelAIR.

Another pretty big milestone is their sale of wheelAIR systems to Edinburgh Airport after a summer trial last year. These are now a part of the part of the airport’s OmniServ service, because airports can be enough of a hassle without being hot and uncomfortable.

We look forward to seeing wheelAIR’s progress and what other products they come out with in the future. In the meantime, why not have a look at Irish startup Izzy Wheels and their effort to help people personalise and improve the aesthetics of their wheelchairs.

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Published on: 24th March 2019

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