uclers and bedsores is a leading cause of death for wheelchair users
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne-based mobility startup Kalogon has announced what it calls the “world’s first smart wheelchair cushion.”
Developed by ex-SpaceX engineers—the aerospace company started by Elon Musk—Kalogon describes the cushion as being designed to “assist in the healing and prevention of pressure ulcers or bedsores.”
The company notes these injuries are the leading cause of preventable death for the more than 3 million Americans who use a wheelchair.
Kalogon’s claim to fame is the company’s engineers have developed wheelchair technologies that were endorsed by esteemed late physicist Stephen Hawking.
“For me, if Kalogon can solve major challenges that people in wheelchairs face in partnership with people of all abilities, then we are doing our job right from ideation to manufacturing and distribution,” said Kalogon founder and CEO Tim Balz in a recent interview with me conducted over email.
The Smart Cushion features pressure sensors that intelligently analyze pressure points in real-time, then automatically redistribute weight to alleviate the chances of developing bedsores and the like.
The Cushion is controlled through an app, which is available on iOS and Android, that allows users to adjust comfort levels (there are many presets) and customize the cushion to their liking for maximum comfort.
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