Omeo has been re-branded from Ogo Mobility. Its change came to accommodate the global marketing and sales network efforts. Now, omeo can become a well-known name in every country where the devices may be made available.
OMEO RE-BRANDING IN 2019
We start life seeking balance. First with our emotions, and then with our physical body. We scoot across the floor, developing strength in our physical. And experience the joy of movement, in our emotions. We smile. As we gain strength in our legs we also seek balance in the hands of our parent, to guide our movements. And, we smile. We gain confidence in their support and joy in the second nature of movement. And so, we continue life with this awesome confidence and joy, in the wonder of movement.
Life has many roads to travel. With perils and challenges to overcome. For some the struggles can be great. Especially in cases of the loss of balance, and mobility. Deepening the emotional struggle from independence to dependency, and being faced with much more physical challenges as well. Simply put, moving smoothly, and efficiently does not present itself without new difficulties.
TRAVELING THE ROAD
We can also find our self in a situation where we are without the support system of love, we learned with. And so we must seek out others with a love of mobility, in the hope to regain balance and joy. And smile again.
I have traveled this road, and what I have found, are many, who share the love of mobility. Creating through love devices that bring back balance and movement. And for me, most importantly, a very emotional smile. My research lead me to the Ogo mobility device. Which in early March of 2019 went through a re-branding of the name. It is now called the Omeo Evolution 1. Setting it’s sites on a world wide market. Supported by 29 well qualified, Omeo agents. 4 in New Zealand, 5 in Australia, 14 in the United States, 2 in Canada, 2 in the United Kingdom, and 2 in Europe. Check out the Omeo site at omeotechnology.com for an agent near you. They are very informative and will answer any questions you may have. I know from experience, this life changing device will bring back a mobility smile to all it touches. With an emotional joy of movement in tow. It is truly a moving experience.
OMEO YOUTUBE VIDEO
Written By: Larry Hollenbeck
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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.
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.
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.
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.
And here on location at the Sydney, Australia Disability Expo:
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!
Written By: Larry Hollenbeck
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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.
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.
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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New wheels from OGO are in production! Recently, Universal Digest published an article for OGO whose innovative mobility devices with wheels are being set into production in the United States from New Zealand. They have now established representative agents and are continuing to improve the product line. The following details the latest in adapting their machines to different terrains for use by anyone with mobility issues.
The latest innovation has come in the form of new all-terrain wheels, which allows its mobility-challenged users to be able to actually travel ‘off-road’ in certain land areas. This also provides for flexibility in where the users can go to enjoy being outside in areas where before they could not go.
Kevin and Marcus are hard at work bringing their newest devices for the sitting community to production. While ongoing research continues, their goal is to bring into ultimate production an active, power wheelchair with upgraded wheels that not only allow for more terrain mobility and a smoother ride, it also is designed to leave a softer ‘footprint’ on the environment, as well. Team OGO is dedicated to improving an already award-winning mobility device. They are also providing a truly life-changing experience for all who use it. Please view the following video that provides the upgraded OGO in action:
Certainly, as the devices continue production and distribution in the United States, the benefits to the users will be immense. The following is a message received from the inventors:
We have been trialing a number of different tyre options for our off-road kit to find what performs the best on a variety of different surfaces. Out of the options, it was these turf tyres that we have decided to go with for a few different reasons:
• Apart from providing an overall smoother ride, they give much greater flotation and grip on the soft sand. • The larger contact area with ground also means they can provide a bit more torque to get up slopes and hills. • In comparison, these tyres are also designed to generate a larger, flatter footprint, which means when it comes to grass and soft surfaces, they cause much less damage.
We remain committed in making sure that you will get the best performance out of your Ogo.
Larry with Ed at Universal Digest
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