Kevin and Marcus met when Marcus was teaching Kevin’s daughters at Otaki College. They found that they both shared a love of field archery, and it was over this common passion that their friendship really grew. Their local Kapiti Archery Club offered a particularly unique experience, incorporating native bush trails and other forested areas as well as open grassland.
Kevin saw Marcus, a paraplegic since 2003, struggling through the rough terrain in his conventional wheelchair, sapping his energy and stamina. Just wanting to make it easier for Marcus, Kevin, a product design engineer, set himself a challenge; to develop a device that would increase Marcus’ mobility and give him freedom of movement so that he could compete as an equal.
Kevin’s extensive research led him to a proven, self-balancing technology, and through several years of development (while still doing design work for his regular clients), Kevin utilised this technology to create the patented ‘Active Seat Control system’.
Using upper body mobility or core muscle strength, the driver can lean forward and the Ogo moves forward, when he or she leans back the Ogo stops or reverses. When they lean to the side, the Ogo moves in the new direction – including turning on its own axis.
Kevin has overseen three major prototype designs, making changes as he came to understand the restrictions that comes with limited movement and mobility. Marcus has been our eager test pilot from the beginning. He has been pushing the Ogo to it’s limits, providing Kevin with valuable feedback on performance and design ideas.
Now, many people have tested the Ogo Evolution 1 with instant delight. Just look at their smiles in our videos. A smile of new possibilities, freedom, independence, job and recreation opportunities and confidence. We call it the Ogo smile.
Our testing so far has been very rewarding. The Ogo Technology team have met so many wonderful and determined people, and have been really impressed with how the Ogo works for differing levels of ability, needs and desire. Early on in our testing phase we realised that with a few design tweaks, the Ogo had applications across every sector of the community.
And… it doesn’t stop with the Ogo Evolution 1 – the more we get immersed into the world of personal mobility, the more we realise how under-provided it is. This has given us the basis for many further creative and innovative mobility solutions that will continue to improve and help change people’s lives, and continually push the boundaries to change the accepted current thinking around movement, accessibility and personal transportation.
Kevin and his team aim to continue to develop these ideas and also create a range of cost effective accessories to make life easier and more exciting in the personal mobility space.
More to come…
Meet the team
Team Ogo is a small, talented group of people, dedicated to Ogo’s mission to change people’s lives for the better.
Founder, Director & Designer
User Experience & Training
Brand Manager & Graphic Design
Engineering & Production
Co-Founder & Director
Director & CEO
Chief Financial Officer