CERTIFICATION PROCESS GLOBAL OGO

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Certification processing for the OGO Mobility Device in manufacture is tedious, at best. In this article, we explore and develop the next process in certification, worldwide. The vision Kevin Halsall purports promises to change the plight of the mobility challenged people in a fast-growing, global environment.

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Certification of OGO Technology

Certification of the Ogo is now in process in other countries. This will take some time due to the structure and varying time for each country to go through and finish the process. The good news is that certification should be finished well before the end of the year in 2018.

Before I talk further about the certification of the Ogo, I would like to give a short history of the Ogo up to this point in time for those who are new to the Ogo device and its ‘Active Seat Control System.’

The Ogo was born out of friendship, and concern for the struggles of Kevin Halsall’s friend Marcus. Kevin and Marcus love archery and went out to practice whenever they could. Kevin noticed the difficulty and struggle Marcus was having, getting his wheelchair over the outdoor terrain to get to the shooting site. After some discussions with Marcus about the problem, Kevin, being a design engineer, wanted to help. So, after some extensive research, Kevin focused his engineering and design skills on bringing the technology of the present to the wheelchair of the past in order to increase the mobility and freedom of movement for his friend.

After several years of researching self-balancing technologies and three prototypes later, Kevin created, and patented what he called an ‘Active Seat Control System.’ Of course this was done with the help of Marcus, who did the testing for each one, and gave feedback as needed. This system allows the user to simply use their core muscles to lean in the direction he or she wants to go. The research and ongoing revisions are continuing to this date while winning several awards along the way for design excellence and innovation, which have broadened the field for end users with differing levels of ability.

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In this photo, courtesy of Moira Lomas, Kevin Halsall and Trevor Kearney continue training with the OGO on a walkway. All agents are trained in the use of the mobility device.

On a personal note, I can see a time when wheelchair technology will, because of just these types of dedicated individuals, advance to a level where true mobility to travel across any terrain including climbing stairs, will exist for the sitting community. All this available in one device, opening up new possibilities and redefining the way we think of mobility itself. In short, changing lives for the better.

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In this photo, courtesy of Moira Lomas, with permission given from Kevin’s agent, Karen Bolland, are Kevin Halsall and Trevor Kearney training on a hillside. This shows the ease of handling of the OGO on uneven terrain.

I have spoken with Kevin and Marcus, and have found them both to be very caring and creative individuals who are committed to the continued success of the Ogo for the mobility and freedom it will bring to the sitting community.

They also have plans to expand their creative mobility solutions, for this under-provided personal mobility area. So we can expect to see even more creative solutions from this Ogo team in the future, adding accessories that will improve our lives and make it easier to navigate life as we know it, while creating an excitement about personal mobility that was thought to be lost by most of us.

Recently, Kevin and Marcus traveled to disability expos, one located in Los Angeles, California, United States. In the photos below are shown Kevin, Marcus and the OGO team traveling in Australia to attend the Disability Expo in May of 2018.

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This photo is of Kevin and Marcus who stopped to enjoy the view while on their way to Sydney, Australia. Their destination was the Disability Expo, which was held this past May 25-26 2018.

And here on location at the Sydney, Australia Disability Expo:

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This photo is Team Ogo throwing up a hands free wave to all of us. Thank you Team Ogo for bringing so many smiles to Sydney, Australia.

Now, back to certification of the Ogo. Certification is an essential process for the Ogo not only for safety but also for the reliability of the end users. Certification is also lengthy and difficult at best. And the Ogo team is hard at work taking the steps needed to bring the best Ogo possible to its customers and agents. The certification process will also insure that the Ogo lives up to its promise of a life changing experience for the sitting community it will serve worldwide.

A high frustration level also exists with going through the certification process as well. That being said, this writer feels that team Ogo is more than up to the challenge. The scope of bringing to the world, a device that will update the wheelchair, is an awesome task. Please note that the wheelchair has had little change in its capabilities for the past 100 years or so. Team Ogo is dedicated to bringing us that vision of a device capable of traveling over the everyday terrain we encounter in our lives, with safety, security and comfort as their goal.

In conclusion, I would just like to say Thank you Team Ogo for your heartfelt efforts to bring this technology to the disabled community at large. You may never know how treasured and appreciated this is, to know you are out there helping us expand our mobility and quality of life. Thank You so much. Go Ogo!

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Written By: Larry Hollenbeck


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OGO MAKES A WORLD DIFFERENCE

Kevin and Marcus pose with their invention. The Ogo production came from the most humble and altruistic of origination.

OGO has arrived in America. With its origination and invention in New Zealand, it has now made it to America with ten agents. Worldwide, OGO now has 22 agents in six countries: New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe.

I have been following the development of the mobility devices for some time. What I have found is that there are many out there but, Ogo is one at the top of the list in terms of its unique design and attention to detail. With the active seat control system and joystick options, it will provide the sitting community with a hands free experience over all terrains and precise movement in tight areas.

The work the Ogo team has put in has won them the Innovate award in 2017 and the Innovation Award for Design and Engineering in New Zealand in 2016. With their first production run in the fall of 2016, the Ogo will provide a New level of Independence for the sitting community, and greatly improve the quality of life for many.

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Kevin and Marcus pose with their invention. The Ogo production came from the most humble and altruistic of origination.

Kevin and Marcus met when Marcus was teaching Kevin’s daughters at Otaki College. They found that they both shared a love of field archery, and it was over this common passion that their friendship really grew. Their local Kapiti Archery Club offers a particularly unique experience, incorporating native bush trails and other forested areas as well as open grassland.

Kevin saw that Marcus, a paraplegic since 2003, struggling through the rough terrain in his conventional wheelchair, sapping his energy and stamina. Just wanting to make it easier for Marcus, Kevin, a product design engineer, set himself a challenge; to develop a device that would increase Marcus’ mobility and give him freedom of movement so that he could compete as an equal.

Kevin’s extensive research led him to proven, self-balancing technology. Through several years of development while still doing design work for his regular clients, Kevin has utilized this technology to create an active, moving seat control system. Using upper body mobility or core muscle strength, the driver can lean forward and the Ogo moves forward, when he or she leans back the Ogo stops or reverses. When they lean to the side, the Ogo moves in the new direction – including turning on its own axis.

Kevin has overseen three major prototype designs, making changes as he came to understand the restrictions that comes with limited movement and mobility. Marcus, who has a background in engineering, has been our eager test pilot from the beginning. He has been pushing the Ogo to it’s limits, providing Kevin with valuable feedback on performance and design ideas.

Many folks with varying abilities and disabilities have tested the Ogo with instant delight. Just look at their smiles in our videos. A smile of new possibilities, freedom, independence, job and recreation opportunities.

Here are some more images:

Marcus on the Ogo…
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Our testing so far has been very emotional and rewarding. We have met so many wonderful and determined people and our team has been really impressed with how the technology works for differing levels of ability. Early on in our testing phase we realized that with a few design tweaks, it can help many, many others. Now, with our final prototype, we are excited to have the ultimate machine for production in 2017.

It doesn’t stop with the Ogo! The more he gets immersed into the world of personal mobility the more Kevin realized how under-catered it is. This has given him more innovative ideas to help change people’s lives. Kevin aims to develop these ideas by creating a range of other products and accessories to make life easier and more exciting in the world of mobility.

Here is a picture of the present Ogo team:

The production team…

From a personal and involved perspective, I support this incredible venture. In fact, I was invited to meet Kevin and Marcus in Los Angeles. Although, the trek was most arduous, it was successful. I thank Gretchen Ryan, the California agent for Ogo, for completing this process to become part of the Ogo technology revolution. In continued contact, she has been most accommodating. I look forward to further contact.

The future is brighter for those who are mobility-challenged, thanks to OGO technology.

Written By: Larry Hollenbeck – Universal Digest Contributor


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