National Seating & Mobility (NSM), a provider of comprehensive mobility solutions in North America, is partnering with Germany and New York-based Munevo Inc. to bring the Munevo Drive smart glass alternative drive control for power wheelchairs to the United States. The Munevo Drive technology has already empowered independence for power chair users in Europe and will now be available in the U.S. through NSM as the first and exclusive national provider.
“NSM is proud to offer uniquely engineered systems and breakthrough technology solutions to support the independence of those living with a broad spectrum of mobility needs,” says Darren Lowman, NSM chief transformation officer. “The Munevo Drive is no exception. A partnership with Munevo allows us to further support our clients with a transformative technology that offers a greater level of independence and freedom that was previously not possible to our clients.”
The Munevo Drive’s innovative wireless smart glass technology offers users an adaptable and intuitive proportional head control, providing a progressive alternative to traditional switch-based head arrays, sip-n-puff systems, and chin controls. The Munevo Drive’s power to self-calibrate the controls offers a comfortable and easy-to-use mobility solution for individuals with a wide spectrum of conditions such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, or a spinal cord injury. The slight tilting movements of the head are recognized by the smart glass and converted into control signals, allowing users with minimal head mobility to move their wheelchairs independently and safely.
“Munevo Drive’s cutting-edge technology offers a high degree of precision and responsiveness, creating a smooth and natural driving experience,” says Claudiu Hidas, Munevo CEO. “This product has already helped hundreds of power wheelchair users in Europe achieve greater independence and our partnership with NSM makes it possible to bring this life-changing accessory to the U.S. Through this partnership and the recent opening of a U.S. subsidiary and offices in New York, Munevo is poised to make an even greater impact on power chair users in the U.S. market.”
The Munevo Drive technology debuted in the U.S. at the 2023 International Seating Symposium. Prior to this debut, NSM conducted client trials of the product that resulted in positive feedback and strong interest in the new technology from participants.
“NSM and Munevo share a passion to expand access to innovative client-centric technologies that further the independence of those we serve,” said Lowman. “Munevo Drive is a game-changing accessory for power chairs, and we are proud to introduce this alternative drive solution to power chair users, therapists and caregivers in the U.S.”