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wheelchair Socks

Wheelchair Socks

Today, Dr. Eugene Emmer, owner of RehaDesign Wheelchair Accessories announced the launch of ‘Wheelchair Socks’ an innovative cover for wheelchair casters, the small front wheels on wheelchairs. The launch of Wheelchair Socks comes after years of requests from wheelchair users.

RehaDesign offers three types of wheelchair tire covers for manual wheelchairs. Wheelchair Slippers cover the big rear wheels. Mud Eaters also cover the rear wheels but are made from water resistant neoprene. The new product, Wheelchair Socks are the first covers designed for the small front casters.

Wheelchair Socks

Wheelchair Socks and Slippers

Wheelchair Socks and Slippers

Dr. Emmer said: “For a decade we have sold RehaDesign Wheelchair Slipper covers for rear wheelchair tires. Wheelchair users have told us that they appreciate that Wheelchair Slippers help to keep their floors clean from dirt and free from black tire marks. But for many years wheelchair users have demanded a solution for the front casters too. Until now, we have always given the disappointing answer that it was impossible to cover casters due to the way the caster is mounted on the wheelchair”.

Dr Emmer explained, “Last year after receiving an angry email from a disappointed customer who could not see the point of covering the back wheels and leaving the front wheels uncovered, I had a Eureka moment. In the middle of the night, I woke up and traced out a pattern for a new design. After a few modifications to the new design, ‘Wheelchair Socks’ were born. Wheelchair Socks require more precise and elaborate cutting and final sewing than Wheelchair Slippers do because they must fit the casters precisely. But like Wheelchair Slippers they solve the annoying problem that all wheelchair users have – they help keep floors and carpets clean and protected from damage. The impossible is now possible.”

Wheelchair Socks

Wheelchair Socks

Wheelchair Socks

When asked about the names “Wheelchair Slippers” and “Wheelchair Socks”, Dr Emmer explained: When able bodied people come home, many put on slippers or take off their shoes and wear socks in order to prevent tracking outside dirt and germs throughout the house. Now wheelchair users can use their Wheelchair Slippers and Wheelchair Socks in order to keep prevent tracking dirt and germs throughout the house. In addition, Wheelchair Socks and Wheelchair Slippers will help prevent damage and tire marks to floors and carpets.

Like Wheelchair Slippers, Wheelchair Socks feature a special fabric with a lining that grips to the wheels to prevent slippage. The new specially designed closure makes it possible for wheelchair users to quickly cover the caster wheels while sitting inside or outside of the wheelchair. Like Wheelchair Slippers, Wheelchair Socks are machine washable. Wheelchair Socks’ unique design is pending patent approval in the USA and is now being submitted in several other countries.

About RehaDesign Wheelchair Accessories

RehaDesign is an innovative brand of wheelchair accessories, designed in Europe but distributed worldwide via the www.RehaDesign.com website, Amazon and via a network of independent dealers. Wheelchair dealers interested in joining the RehaDesign network are encouraged to contact Dr. Emmer for more information.

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3D wheelchair models Michael and Kay splash into some swimming pool fun

Wheelchair Models Pool Fun

This week 3D wheelchair models Michael and Kay get wet in pool fun. Water is a difficult medium to animate. Plugins can achieve a realistic effect but out of the box Daz3D is hopeless at animating water. Adjusting opacity works fine for still images. However, creating an animated splash effect as Michael plunges into the pool in Daz3D is a big fail.

Three solutions; purchase a plugin, create splashes in another 3D modeling tool to import and animate, or place the camera at water level and move the water surface. For the simple purpose of bringing you original wheelchair related content we did the latter for this short video clip.

Wheelchair Models Pool Fun Video

Realistic Wheelchair Models

Good lighting is essential to realistic effects. Get the movements right before adding lights as they slow render speeds dramatically. We import the pool scene and fill it with water. Animate disability models sexy paraplegic Michael in his briefs and Kay in a pink bikini jumping into the swimming pool. Then add eleven slightly yellow distant lights to replicate sunlight; a ring of five pointing down at -33 degrees, five up at 44 degrees, and one down at -59 degrees. We set raytracing on the last light with an intensity of 73 and a shadow softness of 2 for a realistic sun shadow.

Adjusting Lighting for Wheelchair Renders

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The Pool Fun Part

We understand most don’t care how we create content, you just want to see the end results, and that’s ok. We have no purpose without an audience. If our audience does create and share stories, photos, video, comments, etc we will grow faster and serve you better. We built this website so you can express yourself. These anatomically correct models can be made do much more than we have shown here. We are also interested in using real-life models, disabled or not.

Graham Streets
MSC Admin

3D Wheelchair Models

3D Wheelchair Models Ioke & Michael

More 3D wheelchair modeling creations. This female wheelchair model is Aiko from Daz 3D. I call her Ioke after the lovely Thai Airways flight attendant who assisted me on a recent trip to Thailand. I have been designing several working 3D wheelchair models to use on our website. And ladies, you’ll be happy to know I’ve included Michael, a handsome 3D male model.

Many good looking men and women with spinal cord injury in wheelchairs and several devotees are willing to model for me. Problem is they suddenly become shy when I talk of publishing their images on the internet. By using cyber 3D wheelchair models nobody’s feelings get bent. If you want to become a real-life model for us please use the “Quick Contact” form below.

3D Wheelchair Model Ioke

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(1) Our 3D wheelchair model Ioke sitting in a powerchair. (2) We zoom in to give her some personality. (3) Open her body suit collar for a little sex appeal. There are many parameters we can adjust; breast and nipple size, tummy, glutes, hips, wrist. Overal figure; voluptuous, muscular etc. Her face; Eyebrow frown, raise, wink, yell, purse lips, teeth open, tounge out, and eye color are just some options. (4) We give her a smile and (5) close her extraordinarily large eyes a little.

Now let’s disable her! It’s common for wheelchair users with spinal cord injury to have muscle wasting in their legs as they no longer function. It’s called flaccid legs. (6) Our selected leg components are given a small box with red blue and green arrows. These indicate the 3D models X Y and Z axis. (7) To make the leg muscels appear thinner and slightly narrower we reduce the X and Z scale axis. Wheelchair users will also be familiar with turned feet. (8) I turned the right foot in a little when adjusting hip and knee bed angles to sit Ioke in the wheelchair. (9) One hand on the wheelchair control joystick and (10) the other bracing our 3D model Ioke in her power wheelchair.

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How are we looking? I know it’s not perfect. I want to put yellow coil springs under the wheelchair seat, retractable arm rests, seatbelts and calf straps, but as a prototype it’s getting there.

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A chasm scene with lights positioned for anime effect. Once I optimise the 3D wheelchair model and import it as seperate parts I’ll be able to animate and render a movie. For now I better put up a preview of our male 3D model Michael, so our female members don’t lynch me.

3D Wheelchair Model Michael

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Our 3D wheelchair model Michael is doing a wheelstand in a manual hospital style wheelchair. I edited the wheelchair in Rhino 3D then pulled it into Daz 3D to position Michael in it.

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Victoria screams with fright as 3D wheelchair model Michael pops a wheelie in a blue hospital style wheelchair. It’s like Barbie dolls for grown-ups! Read on to see our dasterdly plans for world domination. A no plastic zone. Alloy is the future.

Conrad Treasury Casino streetside wheelchair pity hot spot

Wheelchair Pity

Funny things happen to me in my wheelchair. Being a quadriplegic I have no use or sensation in my hands. I slip a kind of large insulated cup onto my wrist to lift a can or small bottle of drink to my mouth. I call it my cooler. I was sitting outside of the Treasury Casino one night when a lovely woman came by and dropped a few coins into my cooler! OMG, wheelchair pity, she thought I was some kind of handicap street beggar.

I must have had a look of shock on my face. When people say, “Oh you poor thing.” I just smile and let them hold the door. I think it’s better than ignoring me. Pity is just another form of compassion after all. And sure I had a hoody on, but it was a new $140 Billabong one and my Nikes always look new. Hardly the fashion of street beggars or wheelchair pity.  I felt like asking, do I look like a bum lady?

It was after a long day of hospital check-ups, abdominal x-rays and kidney ultrasounds I have to endure each year. I like to drive my power wheelchair downtown to the casino afterwards. It’s an 8km (5 mile) trip along foothpaths and quiet back streets hugging the gutter. I zoom down bicycle paths and cross several bridges. I know the city well and like to go a different way each time to see new things.

Conrad Treasury Casino streetside wheelchair pity hot spot

The Conrad Treasury Casino wheelchair pity hot spot

We have drive through service liquor outlets. I frequent them, bars and shops along the way to renew my drink, and take photo’s of my journey. Crossing over the last bridge I snaked my way along the river and up into the heart of the city. I made good time and rolled on into the casino heading straight for the sports bar.

Ordered my usual, a rum and coke (pre-mixed in a small bottle) which the girl slipped into my cooler. Rather than have them mess with my wallet I put $50 behind the bar and my drinks come out of that. I could see the roulette tables from the bar. My strategy is to wait for four spins of the same color in a row then bet on the opposite color. After four black in a row I bet $50 on red and it won.

It doesn’t always work but I believe in at least trying to get the odds in your favor. It paid for my drinks. I thanked the girl at the bar for helping me as she took the empty bottle out of my cooler. I phoned ahead for a taxi cab and went outside to complete my journey home. I live a further 50 km (30 miles) from the casino.

It was out on the steet corner backed up against the casino wall, sheltering from the cold night air, when along came my generous donor. Watching up the street for my taxi cab, I heard a clink of metal, and felt my arm wriggle. Looking to my right a beautiful woman stood close before me smiling. Her eyes switched to the drink cooler still on my wrist then back to my eyes.

I peered into the cooler to see around a dollar in small change. Her smile widened with generosity. “OMG, I’m not a street beggar” I said. Her smile vanished and head tilted as if she was confused. “I just had a few drinks and a bet at the casino here. I’m just waiting for my taxi ride home.”

The woman looked over to a tall man standing a few meters from us watching this all unfold. “OMG… I am so sorry how embarrassing.” She said to me in a foreign accent. I said, “No, thank-you, that is very kind of you but I am fine. I even had a win tonight. I greatly appreciate your generosity, but really, I am not poor.”

She asked if I needed help to get into the taxi. The tall man stepped up and slipped his arm around her shoulder with a reasuring hug.  They were from Denmark. I explained how we have maxi-taxi’s with a hoist in the back. They lift me in my wheelchair so I can drive straight on in.

I declined the offer to use her spare change toward my cab fare home and she fished it out of my cooler. I suggested giving it to the next person she see’s doing something nice for a stranger. Pay it forward. The wind whipped around the corner as they walked off.

Conrad Treasury Casino riverside city lights

Conrad Treasury Casino riverside city lights

I pulled my hood back on tight and thought of a Sporting Wheelies Association friend of mine. Carmen was sitting in her push wheelchair in the mall with a half full can of Coke between her legs. A guy walking past pushed five cents into it. Carmen is a feisty girl, she tore him a new one.

Next time I go downtown I’ll be sure to shave and wear a tie. Even when I do I still get a lot of wheelchair pity, or as I like to say, wheelchair compassion. It’s nice to know there are still good people in this world, even if they only cross our path for a minute or two.

Images Copyright  KC: Luke KC at Flickr

whale watching redcliffe

Whale Watching From Redcliffe Wheelchair Friendly

Being a public event I invite you all to join us on our second wheelchair thill-seeking event for the year. We will be onboard the Eye-Spy for a relaxing whale watching cruise. Departing from the Redcliffe Jetty at 9:30 am on the 19th Aug 2011. Returning at 3:00 pm the same day. It is wheelchair friendly. Feel free to book your own tickets and join us.

Adults $135.00pp
$165.00pp $165.00pp
$185.00pp
Direct from Redcliffe
Ex Brisbane Hotel/CBD Transfer
Ex Sunshine CoastTransfer
Ex Gold CoastTransfer
Seniors* $125.00pp
$155.00pp $155.00pp
$175.00pp
Direct from Redcliffe
Ex Brisbane Hotel/CBD Transfer
Ex Sunshine CoastTransfer
Ex Gold CoastTransfer
Students $125.00pp
$155.00pp
$155.00pp
$175.00pp
Direct from Redcliffe
Ex Brisbane Hotel/CBD Transfer
Ex Sunshine CoastTransfer
Ex Gold CoastTransfer
Children* $95.00pp
$125.00pp $125.00pp
  $145.00pp
Direct from Redcliffe
Ex Brisbane Hotel/CBD Transfer
Ex Sunshine CoastTransfer
Ex Gold Coast Transfer
Family Pass $365.00pp
$455.00pp
  $455.00pp $515.00pp
(2A + 2C) Direct from Redcliffe
(2A + 2C) Ex Brisbane Hotel / CBD Transfer
(2A + 2C) Ex Sunshine Coast Transfer
(2A + 2C) Ex Gold Coast Transfer

*Children Price for ages 4-14yrs inclusive. (Infants 0 – 3 are welcome on board and are free of charge however they are not catered for.)

*Above prices are valid for Season 2009 June-November and subject to change without notice.

whale watching redcliffe

Whale watching onboard the Eye Spy Redcliffe

What are the tour times?

Tours operate daily* departing from Redcliffe Jetty with guests invited to board at 9.30am for a 10.00am departure, and returning between 2.30pm and 3.00pm. Hotel transfers from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts available should you require. *Weather permitting

How do I book a tour?

1. To make an immediate on-line booking using your credit card for payment, Book Now
2. Telephone bookings:
3. Email: info@brisbanewhalewatching.com.au
4. Fax: +61 (0)7 3880 1122

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes. There is a high demand for Brisbane Whale Watching Tours so we strongly recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Am I guaranteed to see a whale?

Yes – we offer a complimentary cruise for you on the next available departure if you don’t sight any whales on your day of travel.

What will I see?

Each year from June through until early November, the mighty Southern humpback whales grace us with their beauty as they migrate through the crystal clear waters of South East Queensland. Each and every Brisbane Whale Watching’s tour is a unique experience and sightings vary from day to day. Whilst the humpback whales are the stars of the show, a typical tour may encounter pods of dolphins leaping and playing alongside our magnificent vessel as well as an array of other marine life.

What happens if the weather or sea conditions are not suitable?

Brisbane Whale Watching’s tours are always subject to sea conditions. Our team constantly monitors weather and respond professionally to any changes. Guest comfort and safety is always our priority. Should a cruise be cancelled due to tide and / or weather conditions, a seat on the next available cruise will be offered or a full refund will be given.

If my tour is cancelled, will I be transferred to the next one?

Yes, should a cruise be cancelled due to tide and / or weather conditions, a seat on the next available cruise will be offered or a full refund will be given.

How long is the tour?

The tour boards at 9.30am and returns to shore between 2.30pm and 3.00pm.

What should I wear on my Brisbane Whale Watch tour?

Dress warmly and wear flat shoes. If you wish to spend time on the outside decks of our vessel, you may like to wear a light waterproof wind-jacket.

What if I get seasick?

MV Eye-Spy has been purpose built to specifications to ensure maximum comfort for whale watching. However, should you if you are susceptible to motion or seasickness, natural active motion-sickness tablets are available on board.

Can I buy film on board MV Eye-Spy?

Yes – a licensed bar and souvenir counter is available on board, selling a range of goods such as film, confectionery, beverages and Brisbane Whale Watching merchandise.

Is there parking available?

Yes – there is an all day free car park located opposite the Redcliffe Police Station, just 100 metres north of the Redcliffe Jetty which is our departure point.

Wheelchair friendly?

Yes – please contact our friendly booking operators regarding tides.