Show story: Electric pushchairs
27th September 2010
The Myo has a peculiarly original look, with a long stem handle that fixes to the base of the chassis. The ‘pod like’ chair sits on a stem allowing it to rotate a full 360 degrees . The chair can be interchanged with a carrycot or car seat to make it a fully modular system and suitable from birth.
When we had it demonstrated to us, we could not believe the simplicity in the rotation and removal of each element. It didn’t quite have the robust and solid feel of the Orbit Baby rotational pushchair, but you have to bear in mind that many of the models being shown at trade shows, like Kind & Jugend, are prototypes.
Its next trick was the power. Squeeze a button on the handle and the pushchair starts to move, squeeze harder and it goes faster. What an excellent solution for anyone with back trouble, a walking toddler, bags of shopping etc etc, the applications are endless! Plus the battery isn’t the size of a house, in fact it is clips invisibly into the long stem handle under the chair unit.
So when you have been motoring round town all day, your batteries will need a recharge, and so will the pushchair’s. All you have to do is stick the kettle on, for yourself, and plug in the battery for the pushchair. It can be charged on or off the frame, so if you don’t have a power source in the hall, garage or wherever else you store it, you can simply unclip the battery and charge it up anywhere in the house, just like a mobile phone!
We love the idea of a powered pushchair but whether it will ever reach the shores of the UK is another story. One overriding message that we were hearing from all the manufacturers is that it is very hard to get pushchairs passed through the stringent safety tests that are required by British safety standards for prams and pushchairs. Every element on any new model has to comply, including the fabrics! So some of the snazzy gizmos we have seen may never be available to buy in our shops.
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