BlueSky Designs Launches ‘Life-Changing’ Pow!r Mount’n Mover, Partners with Disability Rights Activist Shane Burcaw

 

BlueSky Designs announces the launch of its Pow!r Mount’n Mover, which delivers a new level of independence to people who use power wheelchairs. This innovation has led to a partnership with disability rights activist and author Shane Burcaw.

For wheelchair users with limited use of their upper extremities, wheelchair mounts are essential for using computers and phones, reading, talking with speech generating devices, and even independent suctioning.

Most mounts are static so the wheelchair user must wait for another person to move the mount for them. Static mounts can make it more difficult to transfer out of a wheelchair or move a speech device into place, thereby limiting the users’ independence.

Unlike static mounts or movable non-power mounts, the Pow!r Mount’n Mover is controlled by the wheelchair user with the push of a button.

Burcaw, author of the recently released book Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse, has gained independence with the Pow!r Mount’n Mover. He has spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy that leads to limited muscle function.

“Using the Mount’n Mover has been life-changing. For the first time in 10+ years, when I was done working at my laptop for the night, I pushed my computer onto the table, pressed my new button to lower my joystick into position, lifted my hand onto the joystick, and drove into the living room,” Burcaw says. “I can’t adequately describe the elation I felt having that independence restored.”

Innovation is nothing new at Minneapolis-based BlueSky Designs. Since 1997, the BlueSky team has been developing products that make it easier for people with disabilities to do what they want to do.

“We’re thrilled to launch a product with so much potential for increasing independence,” Dianne Goodwin, CEO of BlueSky Designs, says. “The Pow!r Mount’n Mover exemplifies our company’s dedication to using technology to improve people’s lives. We’re excited to partner with Shane to expand awareness of the technology and impact even more people.”

Shane Burcaw and BlueSky Designs’ Mary Kay Walch will be co-presenting at the Closing the Gap Annual Conference in Minnesota in October 2019 and the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando in early 2020.

About Shane Burcaw

Shane Burcaw is a twenty-something young adult with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and a wicked sense of humor. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he runs a blog and nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical equipment to people with muscular dystrophy diseases. His bestselling memoir was shortlisted for the ALA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. His new book, Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse, was released this year. He and his fiancée, Hannah Aylward, are the duo behind Squirmy and Grubs, a YouTube channel that offers a behind the scenes look at their interabled relationship. For more information about his work, please visit: https://us.macmillan.com/author/shaneburcaw/

 

 


Pow!r Mounts

The Pow!r Mount is a motorized mounting system, making it possible for anyone to move their mount with the flick of a switch!

The first offerings are Hybrid Systems, where a Pow!r joint is added to a manual Mount’n Mover, creating a Pow!r Tilt or Pow!r Shoulder hybrid.

Pow!r Mount Features:

  • Range of movement: Pow!r Tilt: 180 degrees; Pow!r Shoulder: 360+ degrees
  • Access: Access switches, Pow!r Mount app via smart phone (Android and Apple)
  • Built-in keypad for attendant control
  • Load capacity: 15 pounds
  • Power: Rechargeable battery, wall outlet or wheelchair battery
  • Save and Go-To Target positions
  • Wheelchair, Table or Bed attachment hardware available

Move the shoulder or tilt independently using Single or Dual switch control.

Three modes of control:

  • Alternate directions with one switch
  • One switch for each direction
  • Go to customizable target positions with one switch

Hybrid Dual Arm with Pow!r Shoulder

Move your Dual Arm out of the way with a Pow!r shoulder joint!

Dual Arm Mount’n Mover with locking joints at wrist and elbow

  • Pow!r Shoulder joint 
    • Pow!r Cable, with RJ45 plug to connect to the Pow!r Pack
  • Quick Release Plate, for attaching devices or trays
  • Pow!r Pack
    • End Cap for control and connections
    • 12v rechargeable lead acid battery
    • Charger/Power supply
    • Plugs into Pow!r Pack charging port
    • Link cube to attach to post

Pow!r joint features:

  •  Moves devices up to 15 pounds
  • Rotary motion in a low speed-high torque package
  • Built-in joint release for manual repositioning of the Shoulder joint
  • Precise positioning
  • Programmable positions
  • Accessible control 

Pow!r Pack: End Cap and Battery Pack

  • Switch-accessible (one or two)
    • Switches are not included
  • Membrane keypad for attendant control
  • Programming of custom Target positions
  • On-off and power supply indicator
  • Move with arrow keys
  • 12v rechargeable lead acid battery

Dual Arm Mount’n Mover

  • Flexible positioning
  • Set custom lock positions for the Wrist and Paddle
  • Adjustable Tilt angle (0-120 degrees)
  • Move the top arm and wrist with the Paddle and Hoop
  • Compatible with Mount’n Mover wheelchair bracket, mounting hardware, device plates and trays

 

 


Hybrid Dual Arm with Pow!r Tilt

Move your device with a switch! Change the tilt angle to see where you’re driving, to see others or for better access.

Combine the flexibility in positioning of a Dual Arm Mount’n Mover with a Pow!r Tilt.

  • Pow!r Tilt joint 
  • Dual Arm Mount’n Mover with locking joints at wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Quick Release Plate, for attaching devices or trays
  • Pow!r Pack
    • End Cap for control and connections
    • 12v rechargeable lead acid battery
    • Charger/Power supply
    • Plugs into Pow!r Pack charging port
    • Link cube to attach to post

Pow!r Tilt joint features:

  • Move devices up to 15 pounds
  • Adjustable Tilt angle (0-180 degrees)
  • Built-in Pow!r joint release for manual repositioning 
  • Programmable positions
  • Precise positioning
  • Accessible control 

Pow!r Pack: End Cap and Battery Pack

  • Switch-accessible (one or two)
    • Switches are not included
  • Membrane keypad for attendant control
  • Programming of custom Target positions
  • Move with arrow keys
  • 12v rechargeable lead acid battery

Dual Arm Mount’n Mover

  • Flexible positioning
  • Set custom lock positions for the Wrist and Paddle
  • Adjustable Tilt angle (0-120 degrees)
  • Move the top arm and wrist with low effort controls
  • Compatible with Mount’n Mover wheelchair hardware, device plates and trays

 

 

 

 


Pow!r Joint

Use a Pow!r joint to add powered rotary motion where you need it!

What’s included?

  • Pow!r Joint
  • Pow!r Pack with Link Cube
  • Adapter Plate and Link Cube 
  • Charger
  • Does not include wheelchair attachment hardware or posts

What does it do?

  • Rotary motion in a low speed-high torque package
  • Moves up to a 15 pound load; more in a strictly horizontal position
  • Use in any orientation
  • Manual repositioning, without power, using the Joint Release
  • Programmable positions; program via the keypad 
  • Use the built-in keypad to go to Target positions, or depress and hold arrow keys to go CW or CCW
  • Switch accessible control, in 3 modes:
    • Go back and forth between 2 Target positions
    • Press and hold the switch to go one direction; release to stop; press and hold to go the other direction
    • Use two switches, one per direction
  • Back-off force adjustments from 1 (lightest) to 4
  • Wrap feature–make sure it doesnt go “through” the person to get from one Target position to the other
  • Attach to a wheelchair, table or whatever you’d like!
  • Compatible with Mount’n Mover mounting hardware

Click here for more information on Mount’n Mover by BlueSky Designs – Pow!r Mounts

2019-09-02T10:54:27-06:00

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