Omeo Technology - more than just a fancy wheelchair
The Omeo, formelly known as Ogo, is a multi-purpose recreational hands-free electric mobility device designed to improve the lives of people with restricted mobility, yet has appeal and benefits to folks of all abilities. Invented by New Zealander Kevin Halsall, the Omeo allows users to go most places (and almost anywhere with its Off Road Kit such as soft sand and gravel). It’s the smallest, lightest and fastest powered mobility device of its kind globally.
Kevin’s extensive research, which included purchasing a Segway to provide the self balancing and all terrain capability, led him to design one of the outstanding features of the Omeo Evolution 1 - a patented active seat control system. This intuitive design uses core muscle strength to activate electronic sensors that power the mechanical parts which move the device. This means that when the driver leans forward, the Omeo moves forward, when the driver leans to the side, it moves in the new direction, and when the driver leans back, the Omeo stops or reverses. You see more about this impressive feature in their video here.
Kevin’s team has visited Compressed Air Controls since 2016 for pneumatic fittings for the Omeo prototypes they have designed. Our Wellington Branch Manager Glenn has been very impressed, and inspired, by the progress Kevin and his team at Omeo Technology have made.
“It’s inspirational to see a local company be able to design and build such a unique and innovative product,” says Glenn.
“We are very proud to be allowed to play a small part and supply components to the project.”
Six years of development, thousands of hours of work and several prototypes later, Kevin and his team at Omeo Technology are now at a stage where production is underway for the Omeo Evolution 1. They are taking orders from people in NZ, Australia, Canada, USA, the UK and Europe.
If you would like to know more about Omeo Technology and the fantastic Omeo Evolution 1, click here.
Note: the Omeo Evolution 1 is not a medical device or health product