Revolutionary new power-assist wheelchair to launch at Mobility Roadshow

Cyclone logoCyclone Technologies, the UK’s leading rehabilitation and training specialist for people with severe walking impairments, is set to unveil a new lightweight, intuitive power-assist wheelchair at the 2013 Mobility Roadshow, which will take place at the Telford International Centre from 27 – 29 June.

The new product, Tailwind, which will be exhibited on stand B71 at the show, will be launched exclusively in the UK and Ireland by Cyclone Technologies and manufacturer Clinton River Medical Products. The Tailwind power-assisted wheelchair offers the style and comfort of a manual chair, combined with the on-board support of quiet and discreet motors controlled by users via push rims, which deliver a signal to provide a smooth boost of power as and when required.

With the help of a built-in computer controlled by a single conveniently located on/off switch, this intelligently designed and innovative power-assist wheelchair will help users to confidently and safely navigate challenging terrain – uphill, downhill, across grassy areas and other uneven surfaces, whilst being provided with just the right amount of assistance for any given situation.

Battery-powered for everyday use, Tailwind also doesn’t require any programming and will take away the hassle of downhill braking and the force required to go uphill, and the sensitivity of the power-assist feature will be fully adaptable to suit each user’s requirements.

Each Tailwind chair will also be made-to-order and configured to meet individual needs, from width and depth to specifics such as camber or front frame angle, and a range of optional extras, including spinergy wheels, tyres, push rim coatings, arm rests, lap belts, push handles and frog leg forks will be available for users to personalise their wheelchair.

Lightweight with an overall weight of approximately 56 pounds, and featuring quick release wheels, easy battery removal, and a fold down backrest, Tailwind can also be easily dismantled, ensuring that users will be lifting only a little over 30 pounds when transferring the chair to a vehicle.

Cyclone Technologies’ Mobility Advisor, Johnny Dawson-Ellis, a 33 year-old paraplegic, will also be demonstrating the ReWalk exoskeleton mobility device, which is supplied exclusively in the UK and Ireland by Cyclone Technologies, and manufactured by Israeli company ARGO Medical Technologies. He will also be attempting to create a new Guinness World Record on the second day of the show, June 28, by walking the fastest 100m using a bionic suit.

Also on show will be Cyclone Technologies’ full range of active wheelchairs from leading Italian wheelchair manufacturer, Progeo, along with Restorative Therapies Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) systems, the RT200 and RT300. The RT200 is the UK’s first and only ‘hybrid’ FES system, which exercises arms and legs at the same time, whilst the RT300 allows individuals to exercise their legs or their arms from their wheelchair, and stimulate up to ten muscle groups.

Dave Hawkins, Managing Director of Cyclone Technologies, said: “With 2013 marking the 30th anniversary of the Mobility Roadshow, this year’s event is set to be a special one. The Mobility Roadshow is a very important event for us each year, and we’re looking forward to showcasing an extensive range of our products to potential and existing customers.

“New for this year, Tailwind is ideal for active wheelchair users and will deliver a new level of independence for those looking to go where they want, when they want, with the convenience, fit and style of a manual wheelchair and the required power to do the things they love. We’re very excited about introducing this product to the UK market, and feel confident that it will make a very positive and valuable difference to our customers’ lives.”

Cyclone Technologies are leading suppliers of bespoke, lightweight wheelchairs and the UK’s foremost rehabilitation and training specialists for people with severe walking impairments. The company offers a full range of treatments, services and products from Functional Electrical Stimulation therapy and equipment and Far Infrared Heat Therapy, to ReWalk training and systems and multi-gyms from its purpose-built training facility, Cyclone Plus in East Yorkshire.

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