We thought we would share with you today a News Article from July 2008 which was printed in the Independent, when David Wilkins met the visionary British engineer who has turned wheelchair design on its head and created the Trekinetic chair which the article describes as:
‘It’s light, ultra-stylish and works on all terrains.’
The article goes on to talk about they fact that there are very few British entrepreneurs or inventors who have completely transformed an established, mature product and, by extension, the market for that product as well. It highlights how most of us can probably only think of one, James Dyson, who came up with the bagless vacuum cleaner; and compare this concept to Mike the man behind the remarkable Trekinetic wheelchair.
The article goes onto explain how “the Trekinetic wheelchair incorporates not just one major innovation but half a dozen, each the subject of a separate patent filing; collectively, they turn established thinking about wheelchair design on its head.”
It highlights the fact that the Trekinetic wheelchair is “the result of six years of intensive development, involving 14 separate prototypes and hundreds of drawings and minor modifications”
James who has a Trekinetic chair is quoted in the article saying:
“The Trekinetic is an awful lot faster than a standard wheelchair and a lot better once you get off paved surfaces as well. I’m always camping, fishing and kayaking and I’d never get to some of the places I go without it … People won’t normally approach someone in a wheelchair but everywhere you go in the Trekinetic, it leaves a wake of turned heads and quite a few people come up to ask you about it. At the Isle of Wight Festival last year, I could hardly move because of the interest in it. I for one wouldn’t go back to using a conventional wheelchair.”
Jonathan, a medical device product consultant is also quoted in the article
“While many wheelchair users are now experiencing improved quality of life in areas ranging from building access to sporting opportunities, when it comes to wheelchair design, they can often feel like second-class citizens. It is therefore great to see companies tackling the engineering and design challenge of creating an innovative and fit-for-purpose wheelchair…. The price of the wheelchair I believe represents good value for money in terms of the style, innovation and practicality it affords. In terms of pressure care, inherent design features, including an inclined posture angle, will provide latent benefits. Combined with the use of specialist pressure reducing cushions, users should experience a new dimension in wheelchair mobility. The wheelchair looks like it has managed to break the mould.”
Read the full article here: Independent 2008
We know it is an old article – but it is still valid, Trekintic chairs are now multi award winning, and are still sleek, ultra-stylish and work on all terrains.