SmartCells: the beginning
To sit comfortably in your wheelchair, you need stability and high quality pressure redistribution. In the late 1980’s inventor Huibert Pollmann, working at the Amsterdam Rehabilitation Centre, had the idea to use air for this purpose. His vision: separate this air into small packages that can move alongside and interlock with each other. Resulting in optimal pressure redistribution and stability.
Award winning design
An extra challenge was creating the air-cells in a way that they wouldn’t leak air. Not even when used intensively. This is when Max Rogmans, current CEO Vicair, came into play. He was convinced that this concept could work well. Rogmans succeeded in developing the concept and created the first SmartCell. With great success: in 1995 this new technology was awarded the most prestigious award for inventors: the Grand Prix at the Salon des Inventions in Geneva.
Strength in numbers
Airtight cells are the basis. However, the biggest strength of the SmartCells is in their numbers. You do not sit on only one SmartCell, but on hundreds of them. This is why the Vicair wheelchair cushion lasts for years. Because even if a few cells happen to lose air, the cushion still retains its function. A safe idea!
Your advantage: maximal comfort, optimal support
The shape and the structure of the SmartCells allows them to move almost frictionless against each other. The cells also deform individually, altogether allowing the Vicair cushion to continuously adjust perfectly to your body. At the same time the shape of the SmartCells and the cushion compartments make the Vicair cushion very stable. Resulting in optimal pressure redistribution and minimal shear forces. Providing you exactly with what the SmartCells were designed for: maximal comfort, optimal support and an overall smaller risk of skin breakdown.
The current SmartCells
Over the years Vicair has continuously been developing and optimizing the Vicair SmartCells. The current SmartCells are even softer than their predecessors and have rounded corners. All of this to further enhance the user comfort. You will recognize the current SmartCells by their silver-grey exterior with Vicair printed on it.