Taking Scanning and Custom Seating to the Next Level!

LiDAR scanning on iPad Pro with Scaniverse.

Ride Designs is excited to announce effective May 1, 2022 we are no longer providing scanners with our shape capture tool kits.

Since the inception of the RideWorks app in 2017, our Ride Certified Practitioners have utilized the Structure Sensor 3D scanner attached to an iPad to create a 3D scan of captured shapes – shapes which are then submitted via RideWorks for the making of Ride custom seating systems.   All tool kits supplied to Ride Certified Practitioners between March of 2017 and May 1, 2022 utilize this method.

We are pleased to introduce a new scanning method, utilizing LiDAR technology via an app called ‘Scaniverse’ installed on an iPad equipped with a LiDAR scanner (iPad Pro 2020 or later*).  This method does not require the attachment of a separate scanning device to the iPad. 

If you order Ride shape capture tools after May 1, 2022 you will not receive a scanner and scanner bracket.  You will receive an iPad Pro with no scanner.  You are seriously going to love this new method!  It’s simpler, requires no extra attachments or chargers, and it’s even more accurate.

Each tool kit containing an iPad Pro will also include these instructions for using the Scaniverse app to scan your captured shape and submit it to Ride.

If you have a Structure Sensor scanner from us, but also have an iPad Pro that was made in 2020 or later, you are welcome to install the Scaniverse app and use it instead of the Structure Sensor scanner. We are happy to accept either method of scanning. 

Onward and upward!

Easily Modify the Ride Custom 2 Cushion in the field!

One of the many outstanding features of the Ride Custom 2 Cushion is that it can be easily modified in the field without compromising the moisture-resistance or integrity of the foam.   When the need for modifications is identified at a final fitting, they can be completed on-site preventing delays in delivery.  In this series of short videos, Ryan Crosby, Ride’s Senior Education and Technology Specialist, demonstrates the correct methods to use when modifications to the Ride Custom 2 Cushion are necessary.

Learn more about the Custom 2 Cushion:

New sales team

Ride Designs is pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with the Brewis Group to represent our seating solutions in California, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii. We welcome Jon Hoxter, Steve Neale, Brad White, Duane Rhodes, and Barry Brewis. Find specific territory coverage and contact information here.

The Brewis Group comes with many years of experience, knowledge and service in the rehab community, and we’re excited for the increased presence they will bring to the territory. 

Daniella Giles, PT, DPT, ATP, SMS, has accepted a position as Clinical Educator for Ride Designs. She will use her extensive talents and knowledge to teach and elevate the seating skills of our Ride Certified Practitioners and the rehab community across North America. We wish Daniella great success in her new role! (Meanwhile, she will be working closely with the Brewis Group during the transition to ensure a smooth hand-off.)

These changes will ultimately allow us to further our commitment to serve you better and be more responsive to your needs.

Recent Complex Rehab Technology Advocacy efforts

Traditionally, each fall Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) advocates fly in to Washington, D.C., to educate congressional lawmakers on CRT-related issues. This year, delegations from each state met with healthcare liaisons in a virtual format to discuss their biggest concerns. Each delegation is composed of CRT suppliers, manufacturers and end users.

The Colorado delegation outside Senator Michael Bennet’s office in 2019 (those were the days!)… due to Covid precautions, the 2021 event was held online.

Adequate access to CRT products and supporting services is critical to minimizing health care costs from medical complications and interventions. It is also needed to allow people with disabilities to maximize their independence.

The advocacy program is a collaborative effort between industry stakeholders associated with NCART (National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) and NRRTS (National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers), plus end users affiliated with the #UNITE4CRT project. A consortium of disability organizations also banded together and was represented in the delegations.

This year’s topics included:

• Urging state representatives to sign onto bills ensuring continued funding for CRT and highlighting the importance of funding for new technologies (standing systems, etc.).

• Encouraging the extension of funding for telehealth provided by physical and occupational therapists, which originally came about as a result of the Covid-19 public health emergency, and continues to work well — particularly in rural areas.

• Highlighting the need for federal financial assistance for CRT providers who are constrained by pre‐determined pricing structures that fail to factor in the new operating and cost realities of providing CRT and supplies (provision of Personal Protective Equipment for employees and customers, supply chain challenges, higher product costs, increased freight charges, etc.). Unfortunately, CRT providers do not have the ability to raise prices to cover the increased costs as they are subject to Medicare, Medicaid, and other third‐party payer fee schedules which are typically derived from Medicare rates.

By all accounts, the advocates’ messages were well-received but this is an on-going effort that could benefit from your awareness and input. Check out the resources below for more information.

Recent update (October 2021) from NCART

UNITE4CRT monthly conversation schedule

Educational webinars from CRT Awareness Day events

Mission accomplished!

Hope you were able to catch some of the Paralympic action. All of us at Ride developed a personal connection to the US Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team when Matt Scott (front and center) visited shortly before the Games, looking for a more optimal connection with his wheelchair.

While at Ride, Matt allowed us to film him speaking about his wheelchair basketball story and the importance of seating to his health and career as a professional athlete.

A five-time Paralympian, now a two-time gold medalist, Matt was also voted by Team USA to be the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies — well done!

Read an earlier post about Matt, here.