Kalogon has launched a wise cushion wheelchair that has a fundamental machine studying algorithm that stops anybody a part of the physique from being compressed resulting from extended use of a wheelchair
Strain distribution for higher blood circulate to sacral space on Kalogon cushion (Credit score : Kalogon)Common use of a wheelchair might have the danger of incurring harm from poor circulation. This strain harm is induced when a adequate quantity of blood isn’t in a position to attain that a part of the physique and therefore, the tissue begins to die. Strain accidents have an effect on hundreds of thousands and result in the deaths of 1000’s of individuals yearly. To beat this prevailing downside, Kalogon got here up with an answer known as the Orbiter, a cushion that has 5 distinct areas, comparable to the tailbone and left and proper thigh and butt areas usually. By maintaining 4 of the 5 inflated, the person is supported adequately and an entire space is relieved of strain. Then a couple of minutes later it slowly shifts that strain to the following area, and so forth. When the cushion deflates the rear middle space, strain is diverted to the entrance, permitting higher blood circulate to the sacral space.
“If you sit down on it, we’ve a fundamental machine studying algorithm that at its default settings does its finest to accommodate your physique, however you may customise it to suit,” Balz mentioned, Kalogon founder and CEO, both utilizing a companion app or with the assistance of a caregiver or clinician. After setting its regular sequence, the cushion additionally screens strain on the completely different areas so it will probably shift in a different way if the person is leaning ahead or to the aspect for longer than standard (typing, as an illustration, or dozing).
The entire cushion machine is powered by a battery and pump unit that clips to the wheelchair, and has sufficient energy in-built to final for 14-16 hours at default settings (redistributing weight each three minutes). This Orbiter is the improved model of semi-smart cushions. One mentioned it allowed him to take a seat in his chair with out discomfort for 4 hours, which he hadn’t achieved in years. The cushion strain might be adjusted utilizing Kalogon’s app on our smartphone.
“By having 5 independently controllable cells, we are able to transfer one by one and tune that motion — help the physique however drop down one of many cells. If you happen to take a look at a strain map, you’ll see that the strain drops beneath the generally accepted threshold,” Balz continued.
The individuals who have used Orbiter say that it achieves an identical impact to offloading, which everybody agrees is an effective observe.