New wheelchair called revolutionary
The Icon wheelchair will be more comfortable than anything else now on the market, according to Christian Bagg, who helped design the chair.
"It's super adjustable, it's modular and it has suspension," Bagg said.
These features allow the chair to adapt to a user's changing needs — something traditional wheelchairs simply can't do, he said.
Earlier this year, the Icon was featured on the CBC Television show Dragons' Den, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of business moguls.
But since then, Multimatic Inc., a large manufacturing firm based in Markham, Ont., has signed up to make the wheelchairs.
"Most of the people I see cruising around on the street in chairs are in chairs that don't fit them properly," he said.
Wheelchairs have not undergone a significant redesign since about 1985, he said.
"By having the chair so adjustable, I'm really excited to give people the opportunity to change the way they sit," Bagg said. "And change the way they get around in the world, and just feel confident."
Barry Lindemann, who speaks for the Canadian Paraplegic Association, said the new chair has created a buzz in the community.
"And it's cool to think a Canadian or Calgarian is helping revolutionize the wheelchair world," Lindemann said.
Bagg said he gets 10 inquiries a day from people who want to buy the chair, sight unseen.
The Icon will be ready for sale in August, he said. A base model will retail for about $3,500.