Our family has always loved fun, adventure and travel. It has been a part of our lives for so long. On the 8th of December 2012, an accident left Tharina, a wonderful mother of three beautiful and busy girls, with a T4-5 complete spinal cord injury. We had to find a way to continue living the life we had before.
With determination and perseverance, Mario thought up the idea of a Segway wheelchair. We discovered technologies which combined motorised wheelchairs with capabilities far beyond the conventional wheelchair. After further investigation we found that these products were not only limited to customised measurements per individual, but also carried exorbitant price tags and equally high import costs.
Mario and Tharina met Mathys Roets at the Rademeyers Restaurant in Pretoria, where a group of wheelchair users, known as the Klofies, get together on Tuesdays. Mathys and Mario shared a passion for all things gadgets. Both being bikers, we also loved the adventure side of things. We often discussed how mobility products are mundane without any element of fun. Excitedly, we started playing with some ideas.
With a background in engineering and steel fabrication, we were able to design a product that not only succeeded in achieving the results we had set out to meet, but far surpassed it in build quality, stability, ease of use, affordability and most of all, FUN.
Mathys test drove the first prototype Segfree in May 2013. It was a series of consultations with people in the paraplegic community which led to the balance and comfort required for an effortless glide movement. Our unit is unique in the sense that we have mounted an electrically driven, remote controlled actuator under the seat-pan. This allows the user to smoothly adjust their centre of gravity while riding, in order to be more agile and perform emergency stops.
Early in 2014 we decided to form a company with Mathys and Tharina as 50/50 shareholders. The company would build and sell its own wacky products, but also market and promote other products designed by friends.
On a visit to a MR Price, Mathys mounted an electric scooter, with very little encouragement he tied his wheelchair to it and raced down the road. Scootfree was born!
Inotek strives to build FUN products that are cheap by comparison, and gives the user access to freedom, laughter and adventure.
We continued with the development of our product range and now have multiple outdoor adventure products suited for a wide range of customers from the elderly, amputees, paraplegics or anyone with limited leg function.
We would love to hear from you and look forward to sharing the enjoyment and freedom we have discovered through the use of this incredible technology.
Please feel free to contact us.