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MS Assistive Device: Ogo

February 7, 2017

Kevin and Marcus became fast friends due to their common love of archery. Kevin saw that Marcus-a paraplegic since 2003- struggling through the rough terrain in his conventional wheelchair, sapping his energy and stamina. Just wanting to make it easier for Marcus, Kevin - a product design engineer-set himself a challenge; to develop a device that would increase Marcus' mobility and give him freedom of movement so that he could compete as an equal.

Kevin’s extensive research led him to proven, self-balancing technology. Through several years of development while still doing design work for his regular clients, Kevin has utilized this technology to create an active, moving seat control system. Using upper body mobility or core muscle strength, the driver can lean forward and the Ogo moves forward, when he or she leans back the Ogo stops or reverses. When they lean to the side, the Ogo moves in the new direction- including turning on its own axis.

Kevin has overseen three major prototype designs, making changes as he came to understand the restrictions that comes with limited movement and mobility. Marcus, who has a background in engineering, has been our eager test pilot from the beginning. He has been pushing the Ogo to its limits, providing Kevin with valuable feedback on performance and design ideas.

Ogo is a personal mobility device that has many uses. It is designed to be used for where ever pedestrians can access. It’s can be uses as a primary or secondary wheelchair, medical aid, a toy, a piece of sports and recreational equipment, a general means of personal mobility for those who prefer not to walk.  For folks with and without disabilities. Use it indoors, outdoors, work, and play. It’s an Ogo.

Some will want to replace mobility scooters, golf carts, or use Ogo for city or park tours. Ideal for the beach, off road/ farms, formed mountain bike tracks and sports venues. Folks have been using it as a platform and tactical device for football, tennis, basketball, fencing, field athletics, archery, hunting, fishing - the possibilities are almost endless.

Whatever -the bottom line is freedom, independence and coolness. The Ogo can support up to 242 lbs.

For information on how to test/purchase the ogo, visit their site here.