Among the assistive technology getting attention at the ATSA Sydney Expo was the Munevo Drive smart glasses unveiled on the Linds stand that allows users to power their wheelchair using slight nodding and tilting head movements. The Bluetooth technology enables users to take photos, operate smart devices and if necessary, send emergency messages. It has an indoor and outdoor driving profile and is compatible with prescription glasses. As well as drive, wearers can navigate the other features that include voice control and adjusting seating and takes just 15-seconds to recalibrate. 

For something different in home living supports, Caroma will release a collection of universal rails in August that features a small detachable shelf, for holding items like glasses, hearing aids or a mobile phone. It is part of the Urbane 11 Universal Support range that comes in brushed nickel and brass, chrome and matte black.  Universal Design is helping to make supported products more appealing in design, visual manager Pete Sweatman told F2L.  

Alivat had carers and attendants in mind with its Enjo power assist device that helps navigate a wheelchair thorough various terrains or travelling around town all day. This compact 4kg device fits under most manual wheelchairs, is easy to install and remove and gives up to 23km on a single charge. It features a battery gauge, start/stop and boost buttons and a quick attachment for wheelchair handles.

And it’s hats off at Dejay with its range of head protection and sensory environment equipment. The head gear includes RibCap adult and junior baseball caps, RibCap Bieber and Lenny beanies, RibCap Billie hat and a new sleeping helmet. (Their catalogue had a fun page for children to colour, connect the dots, word scramble and more.)

Also launched at the show from Medifab was the Bingo Vivo Switch. This latest variant of the Bingo Vivo stroller is a new configuration that switches a two-wheel stroller to a three- wheel stroller allowing for exploring more outdoor activities such as sand and rocky surfaces.

On the daily living front from IAM Products was Backslap an extendable lotion applicator for easily applying lotions and gels to those hard-to-reach places – from head to feet. Sponges are reusable, hypoallergenic and antibacterial and the applicator comes with a non-slip grip in three colours.

Photo: Scott Staunton from Magic Mobility with Sydney Children’s Hospital OT Millie Cook putting the new XT4 to a test ride.

Photo: It was hats on for Lena Ibraham from Dejay