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Innovation

We are always looking forward, seeking new materials, designs, and innovations that help us provide the very best products to our customers.

By listening to our customers and working alongside industry leaders in innovative manufacturing techniques, we are able to create innovative products that improve people's lives around the world. Our innovations are embodied in over 80 patents. Learn more about some of the innovations that Sunrise Medical has brought to the industry.

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Cryo Fluid Technology

Cryo Fluid Technology

Did you know pressure injuries affect 95% of all spinal cord injury wheelchair users within their lifetime? JAY Fluid with Cryo Technology is the FIRST and the ONLY cushion that addresses all 4 risk factors associated with pressure injuries (pressure, sheer, temperature and moisture). 

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The first wheelchair back to help manage your own microclimate

The first wheelchair back to help manage your own microclimate

Skin temperature is important to your well-being and can help avoid skin breakdown yet is often challenging to manage. The patented internal thermal technology in the JAY J3 TC Back can help those who have difficulty regulating their own body temperature.

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Carbon X-Braiding

Carbon X-Braiding

Instead of using traditional manufacturing techniques where the carbon is layered, our revolutionary X BRAID process creates a constant weave in the frame  tubing, ensuring ZERO weak links and delivering a  precise and consistent result EVERY TIME.

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Hydroforming technology

Hydroforming technology

How do you create an ultra-lightweight aluminum wheelchair without sacrificing its strength and stability? Via an innovative process Sunrise Medical introduced to wheelchair design in 2010 called hydroforming technology.

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Award-winning product design.

Our product design process has resulted in products that have won several awards, including the Red Dot Design Award (for our Helium, Q7, and Gemino models), the Plus X (“+ x”) Award (for the Shark bike) and the iF award (also for the Gemino) for design excellence.

Gemino 30 Rollator
Red Dot Design Award - Best of the Best 2011

Gemino 30 Rollator

The award-winning Gemino 30 rollator balances high maneuverability with maximum stability to truly enhance your independence.

QUICKIE/SOPUR Shark RS
Plus X Award - Best Product of the Year 2013

QUICKIE/SOPUR Shark RS

The award-winning QUICKIE Shark RS hand bike - the choice of champions. The Shark RS's new innovative frame is designed to allow for the best individual positioning and performance.

Gemino 30 Rollator
Red Dot Design Award - iF Product Design Award 2011

Gemino 30 Rollator

The award-winning Gemino 30 rollator balances high maneuverability with maximum stability to truly enhance your independence.

QUICKIE/SOPUR Helium
Red Dot Design Award - Best of the Best 2011

QUICKIE/SOPUR Helium

Minimal, ultra-lightweight and completely refreshed, discover the next level of high-performance wheelchair with the QUICKIE Helium.

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Over 37 years of innovation.

For decades, Sunrise Medical has created breakthrough innovations that have improved people's lives all over the world.

1980
The Original QUICKIE

An icon is born. The original QUICKIE revolutionized wheelchairs with an innovative frame design inspired by the hang-gliding industry. Ultra-lightweight, responsive and colorful, its impact was so big that the chair is featured in the 'History of Disability' at the National Museum of American History.

 

1984
Original QUICKIE 2

With the introduction of its first modular frame, the unique QUICKIE 2 could easily grow in length and width, or be modified by merely changing components. Offering the broadest range of possible configurations in the industry, the QUICKIE 2 still leads the industry in modular design 30 years later!

1992
QUICKIE P200 Powerchair

The QUICKIE P200, dubbed the "Ferrari of wheelchairs" by Popular Mechanics magazine, could sprint more than 25% faster than ordinary powerchairs. Its patented QUICKIE Turbo Controller featured an energy reserve that gave the powerchair a burst of power for quick acceleration.

1992
QUICKIE Carbon

Our first carbon-fiber wheelchair, the QUICKIE Carbon weighed just 19 pounds - setting the industry standard at the time for weight-to-strength efficiency in wheelchairs.
 

1993
QUICKIE 2 HP Titanium

Our first titanium folding wheelchair, the QUICKIE 2 HP Titanium weighed just 21 pounds, making it the lightest folding wheelchair available at the time.
 

1996
F60 Powerchair

A breakthrough in powerchair technology, the F60 had a patented 'Active Castor Control System' system that held its rear castors in a straight-line when driving forwards and also acted like a 4-wheel-steer system, allowing it to rotate on its own axis.

1997
QUICKIE F55

The latest 3D design technology at the time created a whole new breed of powerchair with the QUICKIE F55. Ground breaking in its looks and performance, the F55 set the standard for powerchair design for the next decade.

1999
QUICKIE XTR Wheelchair

The QUICKIE XTR, winner of Business Week's Industrial Design Excellence award, was the industry's first monoshock suspension wheelchair. 

2003
QUICKIE IRIS

Thanks to its rotation-in-space technology, the QUICKIE IRIS rotates the seat frame around the user's center-of-gravity instead of tilting the seat frame from an outside pivot-point. So the tilting motion is smoother, easier to control and allows for the shortest possible wheelbase for easy maneuverability. 

2010
QUICKIE Helium

The QUICKIE Helium encompassed the latest in cycling and automotive racing technologies. Our first wheelchair frame to use hydroforming technology, the Helium was the lightest adult active wheelchair, weighing just under 6.5 kg.

2012
SpiderTrac Suspension

The revolutionary SpiderTrac suspension on the QUICKIE JIVE-M introduced independent movement of all six wheels, giving the front and rear wheels the ability to crawl up and down steep obstacles while keeping all six wheels to the ground.

2015
QUICKIE Salsa M2 Mini

Bigger isn't always better - the QUICKIE Salsa M2 Mini became the narrowest mid-wheel-drive powerchair in the world, measuring at just 520 mm in width.

2016
Biometric Repositioning

The patented Biometric Repositioning introduced with the SEDEO ERGO seating system keeps your seated posture correct whilst moving out of a reclined position. The system passes through an intermediary tilted position, using gravity to realign your pelvis in one smooth, effortless motion.

2016
Anti-Sheer Mechanism

The unique Biomechanical Anti-Shear Back introduced on the SEDEO ERGO seating system reduces friction between the user’s back and the backrest to prevent skin breakdown. It also allows the headrest, head and even chin control to maintain the correct position during backrest recline.

2018
Link-It Mounting System

Say goodbye to problematic control mounting! The innovative Link-It Mounting System made mounting additional switches or special controls to your powerchair easy. Just use a combination of modules and rods to create the cominbation you need to mount the device.

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