National Star supports the launch of a new wheelchair lap belt
National Star has provided expert support and guidance to SoLoc Ltd so the company can launch an innovative one-handed wheelchair lap belt at Rehacare 2019, Europe’s largest trade fair for inclusive care and independent living.
SoLoc enables users to fasten and release the lap belt using one hand, promoting the independence of wheelchair users with a range of functional impairments. It can be attached for right-handed or left-handed users, and is designed to support people with hand tremors, visual impairments and limited strength and manual dexterity.
Working with students National Star initially identified the need for the belt and offered opportunities for Safety Belt Solutions, a seat belt manufacturing company, to develop a proof of concept after becoming a finalist in the NESTA Inclusive Technology Prize. What was then known as ‘Handyclix’ became SoLoc as the product was further developed over the next two years.
Rehacare takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 18 to 21 September 2019. SoLoc will be showcased on the Rehabilitation Manufacturing Services Ltd stall in Hall 4, stand D39. The RRP for SoLoc is £114, including the buckle, belt and arm attachment.
‘National Star is thrilled to have played a part in creating a unique product that will change the lives of people with disabilities in both enhancing safety whilst improving independence,’ said David Finch, Director of Technology Innovation at National Star.
Find out more
Find out more about Soloc, the innovative one-handed wheelchair lap belt, by visiting the product’s website.