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Not everyday products – open doors for wheelchairs

Did you ever wonder how wheelchair users open doors? Or maybe you are a frustrated wheelchair user? Especially at home you can leave out some doors to avoid problems to open them and make the rooms easy accessible but for kitchen, toilet and bathroom you surely want to keep a door. Important for an automatic door opener:

  • easiness installation
  • individual adjustment – of the time until the door opens, the time the door stays open
  • selectable mechanisms to open the door e.g. remote control, motion sensor, switch
  • maintenance – easy to maintain, no blockage of the door if the device fails
  • costs per one device, in case additional costs for the battery

Lately I saw a report on TV that presented a nice solution for an automatic door opener. The device is pasted on the lower edge of the door. A motor powering little wheels moves the door (open/close). Waiting time before the door opens and time the door stays open are adjustable according to the suppliers homepage. In case the device fails the website states that the door can be used in normal way. Even if you are on holiday you could take the device with you. Abotic is the device’s name. Power supply is possible via battery but can also be hard-wired. Does operation via battery a longevity of the battery and is the battery easy to charge? Is the device put in the charger as whole? Does operation via power plug consider careful handling of the cables? One device costs 1499€.

Automatic door opener, image from www.abotic.com

Automatic door opener, image from http://www.abotic.com

The principle is different to other solutions, compare:

  • ADA EZ door opener, battery powered or hard-wired, installation at the door angle needed, costs $2199.00, what happens in case of a failure?
  • Private door, installation at the door angle needed, the website makes it a bit complicated to find out if the device is controlled via switch, motion sensor or remote control, the price depends on the selected device type
  • Porteo, battery powered or hard-wired, installation at the door angle needed, costs about 800€
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