Wheelchair users could gain greater levels of freedom thanks to a device invented by an Alyth man.
Paul Lawson came up with the idea of Grippoz after watching his partner Diana, who has used a chair for six years, struggle with everyday activities.
Grippoz is a wheelchair rim cover that enables users to propel themselves with greater ease and comfort. The silicone grips come in black and pink and offer extra protection from germs and infection. The prototype has given Diana more independence and Paul now hopes a crowd-funding initiative could bring the invention to market, benefiting the UK’s 700,000 wheelchair users. The social enterprise that has been set up to market Grippoz will sell it online, with profits used to help small businesses and new products in the area.
Initial funding for the injection moulds is being raised through the established crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The campaign will run until December 8 and aims to raise at least 22,500. Paul and Diana are licensing the product and the Grippoz crowdfunding campaign is online at grippoz.com/kickstarter.