Kalogon smart wheelchair cushion
Florida-based mobility startup Kalogon has announced the launch of what it calls the “world’s first smart wheelchair cushion” to support the healing and prevention of pressure injuries and improve comfort for extended wheelchair use.

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 that approximately half of wheelchair users will develop pressure injuries in their lifetimes, yet the cushions people use today were invented before the personal computer.

Kalogon’s claim to fame is the company’s engineers, led by Kalogon CEO Tim Balz, have developed wheelchair technologies that were endorsed by esteemed late physicist Stephen Hawking.

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Leveraging its experience in aerospace design, Kalogon’s patent-pending intelligent pressure sensors analyze pressure points in real-time and intelligently redistribute weight to alleviate pain, accelerate healing of pressure injuries – also known as pressure sores or bedsores – and deliver longer-lasting comfort.

Kalogon Smart Cushions are custom made to each individual’s specifications and needs.

A connected app for iOS and Android enables wheelchair users, caregivers and clinicians to browse Kalogon comfort presets or customize and upload their preferred settings to personalize their smart cushion and optimize pain relief.

Tim Balz, founder and CEO of Kalogon, commented: “Wheelchairs haven’t changed substantially for decades, and we believe that by improving the cushion, we can address the biggest pain points for wheelchair users.

“Early Kalogon users have already reported significant improvement in overall comfort and wellness, gaining a greater sense of freedom to live more active lives.”

Wheelchair users in Kalogon’s Early Adopter Program reported the ability to sit twice as long with the Kalogon Smart Cushion than they typically could when using a traditional inflatable wheelchair cushion. Early users who had pressure injuries, the firm states, also saw accelerated healing and a reduction in skin breakdown. ​​

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