BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (February 12, 2020)—Numotion, the nation’s largest provider of complex rehab technology, is continuing its mission to bring innovative mobility products to people living with disabilities. The company announced it has signed a preferred agreement with NOW Technologies (NOW Tech) to become the first U.S. distributor for the company’s full line of next-generation power wheelchair control systems.
As part of the partnership, Numotion will also leverage its clinical experts and assistive technology professionals to collaborate with NOW Tech on future product design. The product was first debuted in the United States at Numotion’s National Leadership Conference in Dallas, where the company’s 450 ATPs, senior managers and more than 60 equipment manufacturers are gathered.
“This partnership has the potential to bring incredible change for people living with disabilities,” said Numotion CEO Mike Swinford. “We see a path to create major leaps forward in how users interact with their power wheelchair, as well as other technology, which is long overdue. The control system technology on power wheelchairs hasn’t changed much in decades, despite all the tech advancements we’ve seen in almost every other part of our lives.”
Budapest, Hungry-based NOW Tech has received numerous awards in Europe for innovation and social impact. Its current products utilize Bluetooth and gyroscopes to create the smoothest, most intuitive proportional head control available. The Gyroset Glory and Gyroset Vigo offer power wheelchair users a 21st century alternative to outdated switch-controlled head arrays and other alternative drive controls. The small, lightweight devices resemble a mobile phone headset that turns the user’s head into a virtual joystick. Companion products also create streamlined, simple controls for chair tilt and recline, allowing users to easily shift their weight and relieve pressure.
“Numotion is the premier [complex rehab] provider in the U.S. and we are incredibly excited about this partnership,” said Mark Istvan, CEO of NOW Tech. “Our capabilities in technology design, combined with their clinical expertise and the country’s largest team of assistive technology professionals creates unique opportunities. We share the same passion to help people living with disabilities gain independence and better quality of life.”
In addition to current products, the two companies are collaborating to develop advanced applications that will further enable users’ independence.
This partnership follows closely on Numotion’s introduction of the Independence Drive in mid-2019—a collaboration with Evergreen Circuits and Team Gleason that utilizes eye tracking technology to control a power wheelchair. To learn more about the Gyroset Glory and Gyroset Vigo, or to inquire about a clinical demonstration, visit numotion.com.