Posted September 10, 2018 10:19:54 A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a wheelchair dealer.
“We’re having a problem with a treadmill that’s causing issues for some of our customers,” the dealer said.
The customer was in a wheelchair and needed to take a step.
“I just want you to know that I’ve had two people in the last two weeks get sick because of this treadmill,” the owner said.
“It’s causing problems for them.”
“Are there any ways to reduce the pressure on the wheelchair?” I asked.
The dealer said that the company had been developing a “strategically designed” treadmill that would “lower the pressure,” but that there was a big catch.
“It’s designed to have a constant pressure that’s constantly in a constant state of motion,” the salesman said.
The treadmill would have to be lowered manually every time the customer’s foot was in motion.
I’m still confused by the idea that a treadmill is designed to be constantly moving, but the dealer told me it’s not that hard to find out.
One company that sells the most expensive wheelchair on the market, the $3,300 Odyssey X, has been making treadmill-based products since 2009.
It was designed to make the person who uses it feel more stable.
But for some reason, the treadmill manufacturers have kept the pressure as low as possible.
In a new report from Consumer Reports, the company notes that the pressure of the treadmill’s motor is a constant 30 millibars.
There’s no indication of what the pressure is at any given moment.
So how is this pressure changing?
I asked Consumer Reports sales manager Jon Rieber if it was possible for the pressure to decrease.
“There’s a constant mechanical actuation,” he said.
That actuation occurs when the pressure drops to zero.
Rieber explained that it’s possible to make a treadmill quieter by putting a sensor in the seat, which will detect when the user moves his foot and will change the pressure accordingly.
That sensor will then be able to tell the manufacturer how much pressure is needed to make that change.
For example, if the pressure dropped to zero, the sensor would detect that the person had moved his foot enough to stop the machine from going up or down.
If the pressure went up to zero and the sensor stopped sensing the foot’s movement, the pressure would remain constant.
If the pressure remained constant, the manufacturer would need to change the design of the seat to keep the pressure at that constant level.
Then, if pressure did increase, the seat would need a different sensor, and the pressure could increase again.
Consumer Reports found that the Odyssey X treadmill has the most advanced pressure sensing technology on the list.
How much pressure does it take to lower the pressure?
I asked Riebber if he could explain.
He said that they’ve designed a sensor that can read the constant pressure of a user’s foot and tell the treadmill manufacturer when to increase or decrease the pressure.
When the pressure goes down, the user will stop moving his foot, which causes the pressure in the device to decrease, lowering the pressure even more.
However, if he moves his knee to increase the pressure, the Odyssey treadmill will stop the treadmill from moving at all.
What about the price?
Riesbber said that Odyssey X owners would need the price of the device be less than $2,500, which is about $200 less than what most people spend on a wheelchair.
And if the price was $3.99 or more, it would cost the Odyssey owners an extra $300 to buy the device, Riebeber said.