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Euan’s Guide Wins BT People’s Choice Award!

Congratulations to our friends at Euan’s Guide who have won the BT Innovation Lab People’s Choice Award. To win the award the team had to get as many votes as possible to win the award and votes were cast over Twitter using the hashtag #InfinityLabEuansGuide. We very pleased back Euan’s Guide on Twitter and are thrilled to hear that they won!

Our friend Paul, who you might remember visiting our stand at Naidex, is an ambassador for Euan’s Guide and also a loyal Trabasaxon who didn’t hesitate to show off his Trabasack when heading off to the awards:

What is the BT Infinity Lab People’s Choice Award?

The BT Infinity Lab competition focuses on social innovation and solutions which are designed to tackle issues in society. Eight products entered the finals and of course Euan’s Guide topped the table and became the winners.

The prize, which has been described as money can’t buy, by the BT team is going to be tailor-made for Euan’s Guide and includes six months’ BT support with access to the wealth of expertise within the company, from all areas of business. Membership to TechHub is also included in the prize as well as product placement for Euan’s Guide at London Infinity Lab and other BT shows throughout the year.

Euan’s Guide sent in this video to show off the quality of their product and it’s clear just how valuable it is for the creation of a more inclusive and accessible world:

What is Euan’s Guide?

Euan’s Guide is an online directory which features disabled access reviews from disabled people themselves and their friends and family. It is designed to remove the ‘fear of the unknown’ which often comes from getting out and about when living with disabilities.

In his own words, Euan MacDonald describes the guide’s aim as ‘to empower disabled people by providing information that will give confidence and choices for getting out and about.’

The guide has a wide range of reviews of all the places you might expect such as restaurants, hotels, bars and theatres but it also provide handy information about more mundane locations such as supermarkets, railway stations and post offices – the types of places that everyday access really should be provided!

The guide has recently hit the milestone of having 1000 places listed and there will surely be many more to come as many people are benefitting from the chance to enjoy their cities and surroundings more easily thanks to Euan’s Guide. The Euan’s Guide app is a further innovation which makes it even simpler for disabled people to check their accessible surroundings wherever they may be, with confidence and independence.

Congratulations Euan’s Guide!

The hashtag #infinitylabeuansguide won Euan’s Guide the prize with all their supporters sharing their votes and ensuring them a landslide win. Once the prize was won plenty of people came out to share their support and congratulations (including some you might recognise):

  It was pretty clear after the event how happy the team were and we don’t blame them!

We really look forward to seeing what happens next for Euan’s Guide and hope their impact grows to ensure even more disabled people are able to confidently visit venues knowing what is in store access-wise.

Robotic Wheelchair Tray

Robotic Wheelchair Tray

RoboDesk Wheelchair tray for tablet

RoboDesk in action

New research from Purdue University in Indiana has resulted in the development of a robotic wheelchair tray. This motorised wheelchair tray has been designed to make access to laptop computers and tablet devices easier for wheelchair users. The RoboDesk is made up of a motorised arm which deploys or retracts a tablet or small laptop computer when it’s needed.

When RoboDesk isn’t being used it sits safely out of the user’s way – positioned near the rear wheel and doesn’t add any further bulk to the wheelchair or cause any problems of manoeuvrability. The wheelchair can still function as normal and transferring in and out of the chair isn’t affected as the RoboDesk is kept out of the way. To access it the user can simply press a button and the arm will swing out and position the attached tray in front of the user’s lap. The tilt of the tray can then be manually adjusted for individual preferences and although the new design was developed as a wheelchair tray for tablet it could be used for more general purposes such as eating meals or for writing upon.

The inventor of the RoboDesk is Brad Duerstock who works in the Biomedical Engineering and School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue. His invention came from a desire to increase the employment opportunities of wheelchair users and from his research he discovered only 2% of people working in scientific industries aged 35 or younger lived with a disability and people with disabilities made up just 10.4% of the whole workforce. His research is US-based but the figures in the UK are probably very similar.

This video shows the RoboDesk in action and Duerstock is dedicated to getting the product licensed and manufactured within the next three years so it can be brought to market. His current development stage is focused on making the product more universal so it will work with a range of different wheelchairs.

Trabasack – A Budget Alternative

Trabasack Curve Connect Wheelchair Tray + Media Mount

Great Value Trabasack Wheelchair Tray for iPad

When RoboDesk makes it to market it’s clear it won’t be a budget product and unfortunately this is the case with many gadgets designed for accessibility – they simply aren’t affordable to all. Of course a budget alternative to RoboDesk, potentially whilst you’re waiting for its development and release, is the Trabasack.

Trabasack wheelchair trays are an attractive alternative to traditional wheelchair trays as they are functional and fashionable and easily moved for transfers. The tray is lightweight and provides the perfect surface for wheelchair access to an iPad as well as eating, drinking and writing. The Trabasack also comprises a bag compartment so you have somewhere safe and easily accessible to store your gadgets after use.

 

Wheelchair Trays – what is available?

The Gloves are off: a Wheelchair Lap Tray Comparison

As inventors of a wheelchair lap tray, we only thought it fair to compare our product to others on the market. Now, when Trabasack was first designed our main aim was to create something  unlike the clinical, clunky look of wheelchair trays. We wanted to invent something easier to use and with a wheelchair user in mind. The result was our ergonomic, light-weight, stylish and versatile Trabasack lap tray and bag.

We thought it’d be worthwhile having a tongue-in-cheek look at some of our competitors and why exactly Trabasack is your best wheelchair lap tray choice!

The Competitors

A wooden tray fixed to red manual wheelchair

1. The Wooden Laptray – available for around £99.00 and well as the photo shows, not the most comfortable looking product. Secured to your wheelchair with hook and loop straps, this product is reminiscent of a school desk and although functional, has a bit of a retro sideboard feel!

A white plastic clinical looking tray for food and drink

2. Moulded Laptray – available for around £49.99 and is made from moulded plastic and features and moulded cup holder. Designed to look like a child’s high chair tray and from the photo looks extremely clinical and not ideal in a social situation. It could feel like a social barrier or be a little too reminiscent of hospitals. Not really the image one wants to portray!

 

 

 

 

Laptray which is a half tray and swings out like an airplane tray

3. Flip Away Half  Tray – available for around £99.99 and also made from moulded plastic featuring a cup holder and can be easily flipped away. This design is clearly a step up from the others, it does have a bit of an “I’m just about to have an in flight meal” look. Although it doesn’t trap you behind a piece of plastic quite as much s the one above and it can be moved away when transferring from your chair. Difficulties come in attaching it to an armrest, all chairs and people are so different, you will be lucky if this suits you. The hard edges of the tray surface and the corner may also catch door frames and maybe even other peoples groins!

 

So how does Trabasack compare?

The Trabasack is portable, light weight and functional and has even won a style award! You can strap it around your waist or hang it from the back of your chair when not in use and it doesn’t restrict movement at all. In comparison to

the older tray designs, you can clearly see how much more functional the Trabasack design is. You never have to worry about transfer issues or having to screw the tray to your chair, your Trabasack lap tray is extremely easy to move and much more comfortable due to its beanbag cushion for comfort.

The Trabasack is also a handy bag so instead of becoming another thing that you have to carry around, you can actually carry things inside it

I hope you also agree that our Trabasack products at between £35 and £45 are much better value for money!

There really is no other wheelchair tray in comparison!

Trabasack = (latin) table + bag The award winning Trabasack is a travel bag with a firm flat tray surface on one side and a removable bean bag cushion on the other. Easy to carry and to place on your lap when you need it. Use it as a lap desk for working, eating or playing wherever you are.The lightweight bag has enough space for daily essentials and the lap tray side acts as a table top. All Trabasacks are 7.5cm deep and weigh between 570g for a Mini Trabasack to680g for a Curve Trabasack.Use as a computer lap desk that travels with you as a bag. 1 year guarantee, no quibble return policy on all orders. We ship worldwide. Your life – on the moveEat work play travel Trabasack is no ordinary laptray, it’s a smart contemporary alternative to the old style bean bag lap tray!Sporty red trim as pictured.
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Brand: TrabasackFeature: Soft tray surface – attach things with velcro or hook tapeFeature: Lightweight and easy to carry or attach with supplied strapsFeature: Bean bag base – levels on your lapFeature: Ring pull zips and grab handles – award winning design for easy useFeature: Smart and attractive product

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Mobility Roadshow Welcomes Trabasack!

Trabasack Wheelchair Tray at the Mobility Roadshow

The Mobility Roadshow is the premier UK event for people to view adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles and to look at and test drive try any new cars that they might consider buying. Trabasack will be proudly showing their award winning designs in the newly featured the Mobility Market Place (Stand MM7) at the Roadshow. It will also feature in a new exhibition space of inclusive designs curated by Such and Such Designs Ltd and EnabledbyDesign showing it’s versatility as a wheelchair tray, buggy tray, communication aid mount, laptop bag and a truly inclusive design.

Trabasack wheelchair and Powerchair tray and much more

The ‘Trabasack’ is a  new product designed by Clare Edwards a wheelchair user who was frustrated by the lack of stylish and light weight wheelchair tray tables. The name was invented by adding the latin words for ‘bag and table ‘ together. After two years in development it is now a mass market product that is truly inclusive in its reach appealing to people of all ages and abilities. It has many ergonomic features that make it suitable for every to use.
One of its main uses is for people who uses wheelchair and powerchair trays who prefer it to existing solutions because of its lightweight stylish contemporary appeal. This is not surprising as the designer of Trabasack was Clare Edwards, who became a wheelchair user herself after having a spinal injury, and is a champion of inclusive and stylish designs for people with disabilities.

Clare created trabasack after many years of being frustrated at not being able to find a level surface for drinks and food. The original prototypes of trabasack were made by her sewing machine and trialled by friends and family and local professionals in health and education.

Clare Edwards designer of the Trabasack tray with Cerrie Burnell

Clare Edwards designer of the Trabasack tray with Cerrie Burnell

Now Trabasack is also being used as a general laptop and iPad bag. For students and You-tube fans it is becoming a must have item after being seen in videos starring internet memes Brett Domino and Charlieissocoollike.

You Tube star Charlie MacDonald in a Trabasack Tshirt

You Tube star Charlie MacDonald in a Trabasack Tshirt

Other uses include for musicians, commuters, crafts, sketching and for children and adults in cars. It is also used by people with communication devices to carry and support their assistive technology and by gamers with disabilities using adapted controllers for accessible gaming.
Its unique design and many ergonomic features were recognised by a panel of industry specialists and Occupational Therapists when Trabasack won an Independent Living Design Award from the British Healthcare Trades Association in December 2009.  Since then the design and the company behind it, Equip-able Ltd. have won several other awards. Husband and wife team, Duncan and Clare Edwards will both be at the show and are very active on social media for those who would like to find out more about Trabasack.

Trabasack is sold internationally.

After trading from a base in Quorn, Leicestershire for two years since launch, Trabasack has built up a network of international distributors. It is currently being sold in USA,  Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and France. The Trabasack team are just back from Ireland where Trabasack was recently launched. Whilst there they met Cerrie Burnell, and were interviewed for Irish National Radio RT1, featuring on the Mooney show.

Creator Clare Edwards is interviewed for the RTE1 Mooney Show.

Producer Olan McGowan uses a trabasack wheelchair lap tray whilst interviewing Clare Edwards

For people with disabilities Trabasack is versatile and works very well with powered wheelchairs, armchairs & beds, in the kitchen, garden as well as in cars and other vehicles.
Being light weight and having a range of strap options it works very well with custom made lightweight manual wheelchairs, children’s buggies as well as in comfort & special seating. Certainly the producer for the Mooney show, Olan McGowan took an instant liking to a red Trabasack Curve and found it very useful whilst interviewing Design Director Clare Edwards for the popular Irish national Mooney Radio show. He used it around the show and said that it worked so much better that the usual laptop case that he carried on his lap.

 

Trabasack is used by Scientists and Innovators

 

It has also been used by pilots in flying lessons and has an aviation link by being a favoured piece of equipment by acclaimed public speaker and entrepreneur Mark Edworthy who can be seen in the following video.
Dr. Mark Edworthy, Research Scientist uses Trabasack as a laptop bag and wheelchair tray.

 

Design Zone at the Mobility Roadshow

The Trabasack team are looking forward to repeatinng their success at the recent Access and Mobility Expo in Dublin where trabasacks proved extremely popular to visitors. At this years Mobility Roadshow as well as having there own stand in the Mobility Marketpace they will be highlighted as part of the new Design Zone. This new has been created by the Mobility Roadshow – in partnership with Enabled by Design and Such and Such Design to introduce a new interactive feature highlighting the best of inclusive design.  Trabasack will be displayed among the leading designers and innovators to show Roadshow visitors and encourage them to exchange ideas about looks and functionality of products used to help people live independently.

Design Surgery: talk to the experts.

The Trabasack team will be available to speak to visitors at the show about any ideas they have for new products and tel them about their journey from an idea to a commercial and helpful product. There will also be professional designers available to give advice about new ideas and the potential of creating something either yourself or through another business. Practical issues of the costs and processes involved when bringing a new product to the marketplace can all be explored.
The Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer mobility and lifestyle event. It takes place this year at the East of England Showground, Peterborough on 30th June, 1st and 2nd July.
As well as the Design Zone and many wheelchair and mobility accessories, there are vehicles to test drive, conversions, adaptations, motoring accessories, wheelchairs and scooters, all-ability cycling, specialist holidays and lifestyle options.  The sports zone is expanding this year, too with the biggest selection of accessible sports and games to try out.

The Trabasack team are looking forward to repeating to meeting as many people as possible during the show. Do come and meet Duncan and Clare Edwards from Trabasack at MM7 in the Mobility Marketplace or visit them at their featured exhibit in the new Design Zone.