When I made the Blumil electric wheelchair, I was thinking mainly of it being suitable for me. I have a spinal cord injury at c5/c6 level. After a lot of adjustments and design changes I was able to ride it very comfortably. When I had an idea of introducing it to a wider audience and starting production I consulted the project with a lot of people.
Wheelchair users still have to overcome some barriers when travelling – no matter if on manual or electric wheelchair. Accessibility is still the main issue here. But fortunately, as society becomes more aware, travelling becomes more and more easy for the disabled. Here’s a first part of a short guide to help you guys get more secure about your next trip.
Have you ever wondered what’s the origin of an electric wheelchair? The history takes us back far, far into the past…
Supposedly, the first wheelchair to be ever made was the one from Greece or China dated to 6th century A.D. It’s still very unclear as to who invented it first. Of course, the original device was very hard to operate and required a third party’s help – it’s purpose was to rather help the caregivers rather than the disabled.
What a busy week we had! We have met so many great people, many of which simply fell in love with our segway wheelchair Blumil! But ok, let’s start from the beginning…
Proud to announce that one of the users on his Blumil made it to a newspaper. Read about how his life has changed after purchasing the Blumil. (page 39)
Sunbathing in Mallorca never goes out of style, so when my friends casually suggested going to Spain for vacation, I couldn’t say no, especially that I could use an electric wheelchair there. Mallorca is one of these little paradises, that you never get bored of. The problem is that it’s very sandy, and sand has never been a great friend of manual or electric wheelchairs.
Meet Angelika. Angelika is suffering from muscular dystrophy. Nevertheless she is full of life, happy and generally one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. She wanted to try out the Blumil, but was really concerned if she would be able to manage it with her disability. She wasn’t very keen on the normal electric wheelchair.
Here’s the latest video we shot in a forest with great weather. Was really good fun riding Blumil in those conditions.
As you can see from my Blog, I really like travelling. I like outdoor activities. Being in a wheelchair didn’t mean that I can’t go out or enjoy things, but my options were limited, even when using an electric wheelchair. Whenever I went somewhere with my friends, we always had to stick to pavements or we had to view things from the car, unless I had an all – terrain off road wheelchair, which was too heavy to transport!
I was walking my dog in the countryside and decide to take a shortcut through a field on my normal i2 tires. No problem passing. I think my dog is one of the greatest fans of the Blumil. Now she has a chance to cover vast distances with me. Riding through the field was actually a fantastic experience, and it wouldn’t have been possible on a regular or electric wheelchair.