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Scoot Horse

We developed the Scoot Horse for children to keep exploring once they’ve outgrown the Firefly Scooot. As children grow taller they need something with a little more leg room while zooming around the house! This Scoot Horse is simple to use and elegantly designed to have a playful, simple appearance. It features four castors for ease of movement and turning, whilst avoiding the use of complex features such as steering or pedals.

“The lads spent most of half term on them and always ask to play on them when they get back from school they’re brilliant, and definitely their favourite toy! Thank you”

Rocking Horse

To create this stunning rocking horse we collaborated with the brilliant design team at Sanders Design in Cardiff. We chose this striking and clever design, incorporating plenty of adjustment for children aged between 4 and 8 years old. It’s available with a flat seat or an option that provides enhanced postural support for the rider over a conventional rocking horse. Children love the calming rocking motion which helps build their core strength whilst they enjoy a fun and engaging indoor activity.

“Charlie loves it and now his brother can have his one back. It is brilliantly made and attractive to have in the house! Thank you!”

 

iPad Case


Our iPad case is completely unique, using an EVA foam construction to offer great protection with a fun and colourful exterior. Our case can be attached to a RAM mounting system enabling you to fix the tablet to almost anything; including a wheelchair or our very own table stand shown in the pictures. We have prototyped 10 units receiving excellent feedback so far! The children really enjoy being able to carry and enjoy their iPad’s with less help from adults.

Please note the Cerebra iPad case is no longer available. As an alternative we recommend the Griffin Survivor range of cases:

 

 

Sledge

In 2010 we were contacted by Sarah’s Mum to solve a slippery problem; getting out and about in the snow with a wheelchair was proving difficult! Using traditional wooden sleds as inspiration, we designed a sledge with a supportive seat and harness built in so Sarah could go and join in with her friends and have fun in the snow! The sledge proved so popular that we collaborated with our friends at Gordon Ellis & Co to launch our very first commercially available product.

After a deep fall of snow overnight we have eventually managed to get her outdoors on the sledge and she loved every second of it, even asking if we could take her out on it every day. Sarah’s Mum

The sledge is priced £249 excluding VAT- so remember your VAT exemption form when you order and you can find all the details here:

 

 

Victoria Gets Around With her New Trolley

Victoria trolley mainThe Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) recently received a request from Ian and Liz Staples who wondered if the team could help them by creating a trolley that their daughter Victoria could use to transport her feeding pump.

Always eager to help, the team accepted the challenge and Victoria received her new equipment a couple of weeks ago.

Victoria is reliant on her feeding pump for an hour three times a day and this can be very restrictive, especially when she wants to play!

So far, the trolley has been a huge success and Dad Ian, who had previously made an attempt to create his own version recently contacted us to say: “The trolley you have made for Victoria is amazing it is what Liz asked of me to begin with, and it puts my efforts to shame that’s for sure! In fact I think Liz has already removed mine from the house. It’s the silly little things that can make such a difference in our daughter’s life and believe me this is one.  She is just so mobile with it, the trolley means that she is not stuck in a chair for over an hour 3 times a day, just so we can feed her. With all her other restrictions that have had to be placed on her, it’s just great to have her moving around the house just a little bit more. We can’t thank you enough.

The CIC team are always looking for new ways to make the lives of children with disabilities a little bit easier through their marvellous creations so if you have a problem, big or small that you think the team can help with, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact them on 01792 483688 or [email protected]

Below are some more pictures of Victoria and her new trolley:

Ben Loves His New Trike!

Ben on his trikeThe Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) Team were recently contacted by mum Helen to see if they could build a trike for her son Ben.

Ben has had trikes in the past but quickly outgrew them so he was in need of an upgrade! He also needed something with a bit more balance than other products readily available on the market. With these specifications in mind, the CIC team got to work on Ben’s very own black and white Cerebra trike.

After some tweaking, the finished product features a wide axle on the back and this helps Ben to balance while playing. The axle also unscrews so that mum Helen can easily transport it in the car.

“Thanks so much once again, we are really grateful for the time and effort you put in to making this for Ben – it is a fab scooter and we had lots of compliments on it at the park!“ Helen told us.

Ben is now looking forward to some warmer weather so that he can get out and about!

If you would like to enquire about Cerebra’s trikes or would like to set the team at the Innovation Centre a new challenge, you can contact them by email at [email protected] or by phone on 01792 483688.

CIC Need Testers for Exciting New Product!

Oxygen Trolley Plans

Oxygen Trolley Plans

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) are currently working on plans for a new Oxygen Trolley and we are looking for testers.

We mentioned in the last newsletter that one of our plans for this year is to develop our little Oxygen Trolley to incorporate as many uses and make it available for as many children as possible.

So the plan currently is to make one product that will enable children to transport their own oxygen, ventilator or food pump, and some toys/books etc to make it more inclusive and more of a toy that carries their equipment.

We are trying to develop it so that it can be pushed along and thereby give support as a walker, or pulled along for the more mobile children, and can be sat on to act as a ride-on toy! We have one more addition to make that is not shown here and this is to add steerable wheel to the front for children who are more mobile and stable.

Shown below are some photos of the current design. This first prototype is being sent to some very eager Occupational Therapists in the Long Term Ventilation Team at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. They are going to assess the product then pass it on to its new owner, a 2 year old boy.

The next one is shooting off to Liverpool for the same assessment by the Liverpool team. We are meeting some more OTs in the Royal Bromton Hospital in London and hopefully by then will have the design perfected.

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Oxygen Trolley

 

BUT… we still need you!! If your child could benefit from this product we would love to hear from you. We need lots of willing product testers to ensure the concept works and to help us iron out any problems. If you think this would help your child, please get in touch and join the fun! Our overall aim is to be able to make a really good product that we will be able to sell commercially and earn an income for Cerebra.

If you would like to get in touch,  please call on 01792 483688 or email [email protected]

CIC in 2015

CIC Scoot seat

CIC Scoot seat

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) are looking forward to a busy 2015 and are calling on you to give them their next challenge!

In 2015 CIC will be working harder than ever to bring you new and exciting products!

As usual, if there is anything we can help with please give us a call. Maybe:

  • You can’t find something that works appropriately for your child or your needs
  • You have an idea for a product that will help your child
  • You might have made something for your child that worked really well and want to make a smart version of it
  • You might have invented something that you would like to share and make more widely available for others.

Go on,  give us a challenge – get in touch on 01792 483688 or [email protected]

CIC Need Testers for Exciting New Product!

Plans for the new Oxygen Trolly

Plans for the new Oxygen Trolly

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) are currently working on plans for a new Oxygen Trolley and we are looking for testers.

We mentioned in the last newsletter that one of our plans for this year is to develop our little Oxygen Trolley to incorporate as many uses and make it available for as many children as possible.

So the plan currently is to make one product that will enable children to transport their own oxygen, ventilator or food pump, and some toys/books etc to make it more inclusive and more of a toy that carries their equipment.

We are trying to develop it so that it can be pushed along and thereby give support as a walker, or pulled along for the more mobile children, and can be sat on to act as a ride-on toy! We have one more addition to make that is not shown here and this is to add steerable wheel to the front for children who are more mobile and stable.

Shown below are some photos of the current design. This first prototype is being sent to some very eager Occupational Therapists in the Long Term Ventilation Team at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. They are going to assess the product then pass it on to its new owner, a 2 year old boy.

The next one is shooting off to Liverpool for the same assessment by the Liverpool team. We are meeting some more OTs in the Royal Bromton Hospital in London and hopefully by then will have the design perfected.

BUT… we still need you!! If your child could benefit from this product we would love to hear from you. We need lots of willing product testers to ensure the concept works and to help us iron out any problems. If you think this would help your child, please get in touch and join the fun! Our overall aim is to be able to make a really good product that we will be able to sell commercially and earn an income for Cerebra.

If you would like to get in touch,  please call on 01792 483688 or email [email protected]

CIC Develop New and Improved Oxygem

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CIC have been developing a new product…shhhhh….don’t tell anyone just yet!

We are in an exciting development phase of the new and improved Oxygem. This is a small oxygen cylinder and ventilator transportation device (Trolley!). You might have seen our Trunki Suitcase conversions, and even our own designed and build unit that was a real success for the few children who have used them, but now the idea is to redesign it having studied the old units in action.

Here you can see the Mark I Oxygem:

Oxygem

Oxygem

We have a few ideas that are being explored, and are trying to incorporate different ways of the child pushing or pulling it, but also for the child to sit on or in the and push along, or be pushed by an adult……not much to ask….but technically it is a very tough project!

Below you can see one nice idea that we have been working on. It is similar in principle to a toddler’s Block Truck. This unit is for small children and incorporates some great design features to help children walk un-aided. By holding the handle and pushing the child will be stable, and the rear wheels project further behind the truck so if they fall backwards the unit will not tip over. The really clever bit is that the wheel bearings only move forwards, and so when falling backwards the wheels act as a brake and will help prevent falling. This was first developed purely as a walking aid, but has been redesigned to accommodate oxygen, ventilators and food pumps.

For older children and those with better stability we are still working on a more complex solution and below you can see some of the sketches ideas so far. What we are trying to achieve is one product with multiple uses. This will give children the most flexibility of use and make it more accessible to more families. To be able to take control of their own oxygen supply and get around unaided will give such a sense of freedom and independence that we are trying to make this a real game changing product.

Oxygem plans

Oxygem plans

Once we are happy with the sketch ideas we will translate this onto the computer aided design program (Solidworks) and begin the lengthy process of prototyping and building test units. Once these are finished we can test them with our first few clients and refine the product.

We look forward to being able to bring you more news in the New Year and will keep you up to date with developments. If you think any of these ideas might be able to benefit your child please get in touch via the website and let us know.

The CIC team would like to take the opportunity to say a huge “Thank You and Merry Christmas” to all of our members, and people who have so kindly donated to enable us to do the most amazing jobs we could ever imagine working on! We look forward to working with you in 2015!!

If you have a challenge for the CIC team you can contact them by telephone: 01792 483688 or by email: [email protected]