EXPERIENCE THE LIFE-CHANGING OGO

Kevin Halsall and Larry Hollenbeck - OGO Experience!

Experience the OGO Evolution 1. I had a chance to do just that first hand at the Abilities Expo at the LA. Convention Ctr. in late February 2018. For me, the experience was to see first hand just how much of a life changing Experience the OGO could make in my life and the lives of many others.

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Experience the Ride! Larry and Kevin together in a full picture at the Los Angeles Convention Center

First, I was impressed with the turnout, not only from the people at the show, wanting to experience the OGO but, by the OGO Agents as well. They came from California, Florida and the Yukon. All were there to test ride the OGO, lend their support and gain knowledge about the experience to pass on to their customers. I was also especially impressed with the range of disabilities the OGO is able to handle. The mobility device uses Segway technology for balance and the active seat operated by the core muscles of the rider. It’s not only for those with immobility in their legs. Although, I did not witness this first hand, through talking to people who arrived before me, I was told of a gentlemen who was a quadriplegic, who gave an impressive display on the Ogo. Quickly picking up on the sensitivity of the device, and active seat motion, he was able to balance the Ogo with little movement, while stopping to talk. Then, he turned to go with ease. Proving to all who were watching, the Ogo has a wide range of use for many disabilities. The smiles that it brought to the faces of the people who told me the story, said it all.

During a brief lull in the crowd of people at the OGO booth, I had a chance to speak with the creator of the OGO, Kevin Halsall. What came across to me in speaking with Kevin was his genuine love for what he does. He told me a wonderful story in a few words, saying that aside from working in the shop, the shows are the only vacation he gets.

Kevin told me that he is dedicated to his work, but even more revealing, was that he loves to interact with people. After all, a convention show is hardly an easy job, believe me. He loves listening, and you can see it in his face. He quickly picks up on the needs of others and stores the information for future abilities of the OGO. This way he plans and anticipates on the intricacies of how to keep improving his invention.  He is great fun to speak with and I am privileged to call him a friend. I feel we have much in common in terms of improving the human condition.

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Kevin Halsall and Larry Hollenbeck – OGO Experience!

I did find an answer to my reason for testing the OGO. One of the habits you get into while using a wheelchair is that your attention and concentration is focused on the ground, looking for obstacles to avoid, such as pebbles and even cracks in the sidewalk which your wheelchair might have trouble crossing. Not so, as it goes with this mobility device. While I was riding the OGO, that’s what I was doing, looking at the ground out of habit without thinking. Kevin noticed this, and said, ‘Larry, look up at me.’ As soon as, I looked up he started to walk in a semi circle. It was then I realized I was keeping a constant distance between us, while looking at him and not at the ground. That was my life changing moment. Skills that I had used when I was walking came back, suddenly! Skills I had not used for many years returned. It was a wonderful experience. At that moment it was all I could do, to just smile, and make a mental note.

It was not until I had a chance to reflect on the experience that it brought me to tears. The thought that such a small thing could have so much power to change my view of mobility in my life. It put me back in sync with simple walking skills I had lost.

If I had to make a description and compare my OGO experience to something, I would have to say it’s like playing pool. All of the mathematics of angles and speed are done on a subconscious level, but you don’t notice it because you’re having to much fun enjoying the game. With the OGO, the fact that you are in constant balance and using your (mental) walking skills to navigate, is so very natural you don’t think about it. You’re having to much fun enjoying the ride.

I now understand the reason the OGO team picked the phrase ‘Grab Life by the Wheels.’ Riding this most incredible mobility innovation is a natural process that puts you in touch with all of the walking skills you know and love. In fact, I feel in balance and at harmony with life. With the OGO… The horizon is much less farther away and makes life’s challenges and adventures, much more accessible.

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OGO – A new ‘roll’ of Mobility

Written By: Larry Hollenbeck

Universal Digest Contributing Author and Graphics Expert


Universal Digest is most humbled to have in league such caring and talented contributing authors. It goes without saying that Larry Hollenbeck has provided some of the most beautiful graphics for this website and for all to enjoy. Thank you, Larry and all, as we move forward as a truly blessed team in 2018 and beyond.

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ABILITIES EXPO LOS ANGELES

Abilities Expo 2018

Abilities Expo 2018 at the Los Angeles, California, USA, Convention Center hosts a plethora of activities booths covering many different programs and organizations that accommodate people with various forms of mobility issues.

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Abilities Expo 2018

This is the first year OGO Technology will be attending the convention to present and represent a most innovative form of wheelchair technology that has its origins in Segway tech. I have been honored that the principals of OGO Technology has accepted and posted some of the banners to promote their most innovative wheelchair that is revolutionizing the mobility market.

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OGO Technology – Grab Life By The Wheels!

Please join us at the Abilities Expo, LA Convention Center, February 23-25, to kick off the New Ogo Mobility Device. This is the first major showing of the device and Ogo Creator, Kevin Hasall will be there with his good friend and tester of the Ogo mobility device, Marcus Thompson. Also in attendance will be our California Ogo Agent, Gretchen Ryan. They will be giving test rides on the Ogo and answering any questions about the device. They are urging everyone to Grab Life by the Wheels.

Want to add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain you – they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local Los Angeles area. Again, it is February 23 – 25, 2018, Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A.

The convention hours are as follows: Friday: 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm. Below is an image of the floor plan in the convention center:

The OGO booth is number 714. To note, there are hundreds of booths and many activities of interest occurring during the three-day event.

I am excited to be a part of this new, innovative business venture becoming established in the United States, originating from New Zealand. OGO Technology can also be found on Facebook. Their latest video can be found here for review. Thank you for reading this article.

Written By: Larry Hollenbeck

Editing By: Ed Smith

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MARS MYSTERY SOLVED

MARS MYSTERY SOLVED

For a while now, there has been evidence that water has been found on Mars, but in what form? Thus far, it was discovered as subterranean in the form of ice. On September 24, 2015, NASA made an official announcement of a long-time mystery on Mars has been solved. In this author’s determination from experience, NASA has not been prone to overstating mission parameters at any time. This event is no different, as NASA has been diligent to invite to a media conference meeting a brief presentation from a panel of principals investigating the discovery:

NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

News conference participants will be:

·         Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters

·         Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters

·         Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta

·         Mary Beth Wilhelm of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California and the Georgia Institute of Technology

·         Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, University of Arizona, Tucson

A brief question-and-answer session will take place during the event with reporters on site and by phone. Members of the public also can ask questions during the briefing using #AskNASA.

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It seems September has been the month for so much speculation, including conspiracy theories from asteroids striking the earth, a blood moon doomsday, a “Marshenge” (Stonehenge on Mars), alien life, CERN collider (creating a black hole) and the recent papal visit to the US. What timing, is all this author can say, who has spent the past month doing whatever possible to debunk and dispel such cataclysmic assumptions. As late as two days ago, some were even speculating this was a ploy by NASA to promote the new movie, “The Martian” with Matt Damon! If anything, it would be the movie proponents trying to time their media release with NASA! Please, is this the descent to the depths of conspiracy theories when an organization like NASA is under more scrutiny to “get it right” than almost any other department reporting to the government? Please, if in doubt, please research the real history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its attention to the ultimate in detail.

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Well, in the past hour the verdict is in and the media conference has verified that in certain conditions, liquid water has been found to exist on Mars. Please note that the term, liquid is stupendous! This is a huge benefit for upcoming manned Mars missions.

Mars Landscape Water

If anything, NASA should be greatly commended by every member of the public on this momentous discovery amid a tenuous, years-long number of missions with continuous scrutiny, research, experimentation, and just plain paying attention to every detail. Congratulations, NASA!

The following is a NASA YouTube video animation of the area where water tracks have been discovered with caption:

Uploaded on Sep 28, 2015

This animation simulates a fly-around look at one of the places on Mars where dark streaks advance down slopes during warm seasons, possibly involving liquid water. This site is within Hale Crater. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field.

The bottom line of this historic discovery is the future of space exploration is all the more plausible where water/ice is being discovered in more locations in our solar system. These are truly exciting times in which we live.

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