Pedal Wheelchair


I recently attended the Power Up 2015 Assistive Technology Conference and Expo in Columbia, Mo. While there were so many exciting things to see and experience, here are some highlights.

If you have experience using any of the devices below, please comment at the bottom of this blog.

Action Trackchair

Action Trackchair The Missouri Department of Conservation has 10 trackchairs; four of them are in the St. Louis area.


Home Automation There were several options and levels for home automation at the conference, including Insteon (pictured), Homey, Lowe’s Iris and Nest.

RollerMouse Pro2

RollerMouse Pro2 RollerMouse Pro2 is an ergonomic mouse alternative designed for you. It sits below your keyboard, eliminating the need to reach for the mouse, which can stress your neck, shoulders, elbows and wrist. RollerMouse Pro2 allows you to work safer, faster and more comfortably.

Livescribe Sky Wifi Smartpen

Livescribe Sky Wifi Smartpen Record everything you write and hear. Notes and audio are wirelessly sent and securely stored in an Evernote account. Using Evernote, you can quickly search and share lectures, meetings and ideas any time on nearly any device. Tap on your notes in Evernote and access interactive versions of your “pencasts.”


HIMS Blaze EZ  Use Blaze EZ to OCR capture a menu, magazine article, library book and more — all at the touch of a single button. The built-in auto-focus camera ensures a high-quality image for accurate OCR and text-to-speech.

Java Cushion

Java Cushion The patented Java Cushion contour works by redistributing the forces of pressure and shear from high risk areas, while selectively applying the forces to areas more tolerant, helping to decrease long-term skin risk.

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator is an application that easily extracts text from a variety of printed sources, such as books, magazines, ads, timetables, etc., by using the camera on an iOS or Android device.


AudioNote AudioNote combines the functionality of note-taking and voice recording apps to create a powerful tool that will save you time while improving the quality of your notes. By synchronizing notes and audio, AudioNote automatically indexes your meetings, lectures, classes, interviews — you name it. Watch as your text and drawings highlight during playback, helping you to remember the context in which they were taken. Tap notes to seek in the audio, taking you instantly to what you want to hear.

Pedal Wheelchair

Profhand Pedal Wheelchair The Profhand Pedal Wheelchair was originally designed as a mobile rehabilitation tool for people recovering from a stroke. The person was able to train the weaker leg by exercising the unaffected leg. The pedal wheelchair now acts as a daily exercise device for people around the world with disabilities looking for a better form of exercise and independence.

Lindsey Bean-Kampwerth is the Director of Assistive Technology at Paraquad. She can be reached at

Photo credit: Action Trackchair, Insteon, Contour Design, Livescribe Inc., HIMS, Ride Designs, ABBYY, Luminant Software Inc.Pedal Wheelchair LLC

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