Life and Mobility Development

Blocker

The project

The Blocker braking system ensures that the brakes of a wheelchair automatically block the wheelchair as soon as the occupant rises from his/her chair.

Committee

This is a simple but effective application for an existing product. It enhances the safety and, given the high number of incidents (one million wheelchair-related falls yearly), it is a very useful piece of equipment. This is what one expects from a professional product; it is carefully made, user-friendly and accessible as it can be placed on any existing wheelchair.

Jury

The jury sees in the Blocker brake-system, industrial design at its best: an outstanding and above all reliable solution to a problem. User-friendly, accessible, useful and functional. A strong plus is that the application easily can be added to an existing product. In this way, it takes into account the often limited budget of wheelchair users.

— The Blocker brake blocking system is so simple and well considered in its design that you wonder why no one ever thought of it before - Chris Reinewald, Dutch Design Jaarboek, 2013