A new invention needs your support – Guest post by Alan S Garratt
Grippoz is a wheelchair push-rim cover that will enable wheelchair users to propel themselves with greater ease and comfort.
Now we have to get the idea to market so we have launched a kickstarter campaign for Grippoz
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A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help produce a simple device that will transform everyday life for wheelchair users with a unique invention called “Grippoz”,
The push rims on wheelchairs are often slippery, cold and wet making it difficult for users to self propel, particularly for those with less strength or a weaker grip. The only products available to help are gloves which can get wet and soggy in the rain and rubber rim covers which can leave black residue, have a strong smell and can perish.
Grippoz is the brainchild of Paul Lawson from Alyth, Perthshire, whose partner Diana has been a wheelchair user for six years. Paul made a prototype of his invention after seeing how pain and lack of grip frustrated Diana in completing everyday tasks.
Fitting her wheelchair with Grippoz has given her a greater degree of independence.
Speaking about how Grippoz has changed her life, Diana said:
I always had to wait for Paul to come and push me along. When I first I went out with my Grippoz on, I realised I didn’t have to wait for him and went off myself into the hospital for my appointment. Every few metres people were stopping me to talk about Grippoz. The colourful push-rims really make my chair stand out more. For the first time people saw me and were speaking to me in my chair and not the person pushing me. It was just wonderful.
Self-propulsion is a highly repetitive task for wheelchair users, frequently resulting in musculoskeletal disorders.
Research into muscle contributions during wheelchair propulsion estimated that nearly 70% of manual wheelchair users will experience upper extremity pain or overuse injury at some point in their lifetime.
Grippoz unique grip design supports wheelchair propulsion and requires less effort to grip and push. With Grippoz Diana is now able to do more everyday tasks like making a cup of tea and moving from room to room. Her dependence on Paul is reduced and both Paul and Diana enjoy a better quality of life as a result.
Here comes the science bit!
Grippoz are made from injected silicone which offers users additional protection from germs and infection, and their robust design helps to protect furniture from bumps and scrapes.
The product is designed for adult wheelchair users and will be produced initially in black or pink to fit the 21 inch pushrim on the standard adult 24 inch diameter wheel.
The plan is for the invention to go into full production, with the push-rim covers made from colourful, durable silicone with an antimicrobial element. Paul and Diana want the benefits of Grippoz to help others and are licensing the product to a social enterprise managed by GrowBiz, a successful community-based enterprise support organisation in Perthshire, Scotland.
Grippoz is available to buy online for five weeks through the established crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.
The campaign will run online until 8th December and aims to raise at least £22,500 for the purchase of the manufacturing tools required.
Grippoz would make a fantastic Christmas present for any Wheelchair user. To buy Grippoz or to donate to help us manufacture Grippoz, please visit our crowdfunding campaign.
What is this Kickstarter campaign
We need to raise £22,500 to ensure we do this right and manufacture a quality product for customers and users.
All of our orders are processed through Kickstarter, it works on an “all or nothing” model meaning if we don’t reach our target by the 8th of December no money will be taken from your account.
We need your support now to get this fantastic invention to market and enable other wheelchair users to benefit as Diana has.
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT KICK STARTER CAMPAIGN FOR GRIPPOZ and place your order before the 8th December.
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