Revolutionizing Power Wheelchair Electronics Systems with QuickConfig, Powered by Permobil's New Power Platform

Published in Complex Rehab on April 26, 2024

Amy Morgan, Permobil

By Amy Morgan, PT, ATP, Director of Product Management, Power Products, Permobil

Innovation in complex rehab technology (CRT) has been transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities, offering greater independence and accessibility. Among the forefront of this innovation is Permobil, a leading manufacturer of CRT. The latest offering for Permobil power wheelchairs, the Power Platform, represents a significant leap forward in power wheelchair electronics systems. By integrating advanced technology and addressing the feedback of end-users, Permobil has created a next-generation solution that enhances connectivity, customization, and overall user experience. 


Wheelchair electronics systems play a crucial role in how the chair functions and ensuring user safety.


In the realm of assistive technology, power wheelchairs stand as indispensable tools for individuals with mobility impairments, providing them with independence and autonomy in their daily lives. Among the key components of these wheelchairs are their electronics systems, which play a crucial role in how the chair functions and ensuring user safety. Recognizing the importance of advancing this technology to better serve users' needs, Permobil has introduced its Power Platform, heralded as the next generation of power wheelchair electronics systems, led by QuickConfig, an app-based programming tool with modern graphics designed with equipment providers and technicians in mind.

Why the Update is Important

The transition to Permobil's Power Platform holds significant importance for several reasons. Firstly, technological advancements have accelerated rapidly in recent years, offering new opportunities to improve the functionality and user-friendliness of power wheelchairs. By updating the electronics systems of our power wheelchairs, Permobil ensures that users can benefit from the latest innovations, such as enhanced connectivity, more intuitive controls, and improved performance. The platform serves as the groundwork for future development, promising the introduction of new features over time.

Secondly, the needs of wheelchair users are diverse and constantly evolving. What works for one individual may not be suitable for another. The Power Platform addresses this challenge by offering unprecedented levels of customization. Utilizing QuickConfig's in-app visuals, providers and clinicians can effortlessly tailor settings, from Standing/ActiveReach sequences to Independent Repositioning Mode (IRM) and Memory positions, enhancing wheelchair setup and user comfort.

Finally, Permobil’s Power Platform provides the foundation for future development.  With expansive capabilities yet to be fully realized, the platform promises continuous development to meet the changing needs of users. This commitment to innovation not only enhances service delivery by improving efficiencies and the effectiveness of the power wheelchair, but also maximizes uptime for wheelchair users, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives without interruptions.

Listening to Individual Feedback

Permobil's commitment to innovation is exemplified by our dedication to listening to the feedback of individuals who use our equipment. Through direct engagement with wheelchair users, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, Permobil identified the demand for upgraded technology to better serve power wheelchair users. This collaborative approach ensures that the Power Platform is designed with the end-user in mind, resulting in a product that truly addresses their concerns and aspirations.


In today's interconnected world, seamless integration with smartphones, tablets, and other devices is essential.


One of the key areas of feedback that Permobil addressed in the development of the Power Platform was the need for improved connectivity. In today's interconnected world, seamless integration with smartphones, tablets, and other devices is essential. Building upon Permobil's legacy of excellence in this area, the Power Platform introduces a range of innovative features that redefine the user experience through the MyPermobil app. Expect to see new and improved features in both the MyPermobil app (for users), QuickConfig app (for providers and clinicians) and the Fleet Management Portal (for providers) allowing improved visibility to the service needs of the chair.  This feedback can be related to the need for a remote firmware update, when battery replacement is recommended, among other things. Ultimately, users will be able to adjust some settings, monitor performance, and access support services directly from their mobile devices, enhancing convenience and accessibility.

Setting a New Standard for CRT

Permobil's Power Platform represents a significant advancement in power wheelchair electronics systems, offering enhanced connectivity, customization, and user experience. By prioritizing user feedback and harnessing technological innovations, Permobil has created a product that empowers individuals with disabilities to embrace life to the fullest.

Looking ahead, the Power Platform is poised to continue transforming the lives of wheelchair users worldwide. With its intuitive controls, seamless connectivity, and exceptional performance, it sets a new standard for mobility technology, promising a future of enhanced independence and accessibility.

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