WHAT IS ADAPY?
“We believe money without a purpose is pointless. Join with us in one of the greatest purpose lead missions of our generation. Let’s bring freedom and independence through smart technology to those that are disabled. We will improve their lives and at the same time, build an incredible company together.” – CEO Aaron Werner
America owes a tremendous debt to the brave men and women who have served in its armed forces. Among these heroes, Drew, a wounded veteran who now relies on a wheelchair, stands out for his indomitable spirit and unwavering determination. In this article, we will recount the inspiring story of how Drew’s idea for a new mobility device came to life through the collaborative efforts of a group of volunteers led by Aaron Werner, a tech enthusiast.
Drew approached Aaron with an idea he had been contemplating since 2015 for a device that could assist individuals with mobility issues. Aaron, while initially impressed by the creativity of the idea, quickly realized the complexity of the project. It involved designing electronic components that would interface with both the web and Bluetooth technologies, a task that presented numerous obstacles. Nevertheless, Aaron was undeterred, spurred on by his commitment to Drew, a veteran who had served his country at great personal cost.
Aaron’s persistence paid off, as he was able to rally a group of volunteers to work on the project. Countless meetings and late nights later, the product was complete, and Drew was able to plug it into his vehicle and operate it with ease. The impact on Drew’s quality of life was profound, and the smile on his face at that moment will remain etched in Aaron’s memory forever.
The Adapy Smart Mobility System, as the device came to be known, was a breakthrough in the field of mobility assistance technology. With its patent secured, Aaron and Drew set up a business to help others with mobility issues experience greater freedom and independence. The device can be used with most assistive mobility devices or adaptive equipment such as cranes, wheelchair lifts, etc. and has helped numerous individuals regain their independence and improve their quality of life.
The story of Drew and Aaron’s collaboration underscores the power of technology to transform lives and the enduring spirit of innovation that defines America. Their example shows how anyone, regardless of disability, can harness the power of their dreams to shape the future. With the Adapy Smart Mobility System, they have given back to those who have given so much and inspired others to find ways to help veterans who have served our nation so honorably.
We encourage anyone whose life has been impacted by the Adapy Smart Mobility System to share their story with Drew and Aaron by reaching out to them via email at email@example.com.
The Problem & Solution
Driving can be a challenging task for disabled individuals, who often face obstacles that other drivers do not. While most people can quickly get into their cars and start driving, disabled individuals must spend five to fifteen minutes using multiple remote controls to open doors, operate lifts, and adjust seats. This process can be frustrating and time-consuming, especially when a remote control fails to work. Additionally, disabled drivers may spend more time waiting for their vehicles to be ready to use, as they have to deal with adverse weather conditions and other complications.
Adapy Inc. is a company that is dedicated to improving mobility for disabled people by using smart technology. With its patented innovation, Adapy enables disabled individuals to automate the process of preparing their vehicles for driving by simply tapping a few buttons on their smartphones. This new approach makes it much easier for disabled people to get on the road and enjoy the freedom and independence that comes with driving.
Adapy was founded in 2021 by Aaron Werner, an experienced technology developer with a passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives. He was inspired to create the company after meeting Andrew Evans, a military veteran and spinal cord injury survivor who faced numerous challenges in his daily life. With Adapy, Aaron and Andrew set out to revolutionize the adaptive space and bring smarter technology to disabled individuals. Thanks to their efforts, disabled drivers can now enjoy a simpler, more convenient, and more empowering driving experience.
According to Aaron, people like Andrew with Spinal Cord Injuries may also lack the descending sympathetic control to respond appropriately to environmental changes in temperature. As a result, they may experience high or low body temperatures and must manage temperature dysregulation by controlling the temperature of their environment, dressing in appropriate clothing, and regulating exertion with exercise.
Aaron’s solution to mitigating exposure to harsh environmental conditions involves the utilization of the Adapy technology. The Adapy system is designed to allow users to prepare their vehicles in advance with a simple tap of a button from a safe distance, using their mobile phone. The system is pre-programmed for each adaptive device installed in the vehicle, so users can simply plug in the universal smart adapter to their existing lift device, download the mobile app, and pair it with the device.
With the Adapy system, wheelchair users can enjoy full control over their vehicle’s adaptive devices, including cranes, seats, lifts, and door controls, from the convenience of their mobile phone. This feature enables users to prepare their vehicles for entry from a climate-controlled home, garage, or building, without being exposed to harsh weather conditions. By consolidating all the vehicle’s adaptive controls onto a single device, the Adapy technology simplifies the process for the user, enhancing their overall experience.
Adapy technology extends beyond mere automation
Adapy’s business model is built upon providing its innovative technology to users of existing and new adaptive devices alike. By automating the process of entering and exiting a vehicle, Adapy reduces the time required for these tasks, minimizes risks associated with exposure to harsh environmental conditions, and creates a community of mobile app wheelchair users for future product and service offerings.
The Adapy Smart Hub represents a breakthrough in mobility technology by enabling the transformation of old, outdated cranes, lifts, and other adaptive devices into new, user-friendly mobile-controlled experiences, without the need for the end-user to purchase new equipment. This saves the consumer significant amounts of money, given that new equipment can often cost between $1000-$25,000 per equipment install.
Perhaps the most transformative aspect of Adapy’s technology is its ability to cross-integrate with a wide range of adaptive devices from various vendors, bringing them together for the first time and interfacing them through the Adapy Smart Hub. This opens up multiple opportunities for advancements in the field of mobility and automation, as software algorithms can now be created to run multiple functions or commands that would otherwise be initiated independently.
For instance, a single button press or swipe of the screen on the mobile application could initiate the movement and direction of multiple adaptive devices in the proper sequence required to ready the vehicle for entry. This could include opening the doors, folding the lift, lowering and raising the lift, folding it again, and finally closing the door.
The potential of the Adapy technology extends beyond mere automation. With smart technology that recognizes when the user is within proximity of the vehicle, Adapy has the ability to cyber-fence the vehicle. Using Bluetooth 4.0 and Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), the Adapy Smart Hub can automatically connect with the user’s mobile phone when in range and, if intended, initiate pre-arranged commands to ready the vehicle or interact with the user.
Imagine a person with limited mobility wheeling out to their vehicle, and the vehicle automatically recognizing them and beginning the process of preparing the vehicle for entry, without any input from the user other than confirmation, which can even be an audible gesture. Adapy offers this transformative experience and represents a significant step forward in the mobility space.
Adapy, a company with a simple goal of “Improving the ability of Mobility”, seeks to improve the lives of those who experience the challenges of limited mobility. The company believes that it can provide a solution to the challenges faced by millions of people around the world through innovations in modern smart technology.
Adapy’s primary target audience is the 75 million people who depend on wheelchairs for mobility, with a narrower focus on individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI). According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), 282,000 persons in the U.S suffer from SCI, and vehicular crashes are the leading cause of injury. Neurological injury to any portion of the CNS that regulates Tcore, such as SCI, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc. frequently results in thermoregulatory dysfunction and increases the risk of morbidity and mortality from exposure to extreme ambient temperatures.
The need for Adapy is scientifically validated through existing research studies focused on SCI and the danger of exposure to harsh environments. In addition, the evolution of smart technologies, such as home automation, has been widely adopted by global markets. The adoption of such technology by the population is growing at near-saturation levels, making it apparent that bridging the smartphone with their adaptive devices is not only a logical choice but it may be the one thing that revolutionizes the mobility space.
According to Grand View Research, the global wheelchair market size was valued at USD 2.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.0% from 2021 to 2028. The rising population of geriatrics and the rise in the number of disorders such as spinal cord injuries requiring mobility assistance are some of the key factors driving the market. In America, 13.7% of the population have issues related to mobility, and there are an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users. It is estimated that in the United States, the number of wheelchair users is expected to increase each year by 2 million.
Adapy’s innovative technology offers a solution to the challenges faced by millions of people around the world. By improving the ability of mobility, Adapy hopes to change lives and provide a more accessible and inclusive world for all. As Dr. Catherine Bearce Nowak, Attending Physician, Division of Genetics and Genomics at Boston’s Children’s Hospital said, “Assistive technologies are an important addition to physical and occupational therapy”
It is estimated that in the United States, the number of wheelchair users is expected to increase each year by 2 million.
Working hand-in-hand with IP attorney Lowenstein Sandler, LLP, and the Mi Casa Resource Center, Aaron and Andrew were awarded a US Patent for the device they created to help those that suffer from ambulatory issues with limited mobility. Adapy states that through its innovation, disabled people will be able to automate the process of preparing their vehicles for driving by tapping just a few buttons on their smartphones. Further owing to its disruptive innovation, Adapy has been recognized with a plethora of awards and accolades. In 2021, it received the ProBoPat Patent Grant Award by MiCasa Resource Center, Pitch Award (Utah Tech University) by Atwood Innovation Plaza. In 2022, it was recognized as ‘Startup of the Year’ and was the Globee Award winner. It later went on to win the 2022 Gold Stevie® Award for Tech Startup of the Year. The company has been featured in multiple magazines and selected and numbered among the 50 most admired companies of 2022 by The Silicon Review.
The company also received its second patent ProBoPat Patent Grant Award from the MiCasa Resource Center. Moreover, Adapy has been endorsed by ManaMed, Inc., which specializes in durable medical equipment, as well as Marc Andrus RRT, MBA, a surveyor for the Joint Commission. The company’s technology has also been reviewed by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
Aspiring to go Beyond the Vehicle
Adapy’s patented Smart Mobility System is ready to be offered to disabled drivers around the nation. With Adapy’s patented device, the user will simply plug the Adapy Smart Hub into their adaptive equipment installed in or on their vehicle and pair it with the Adapy Mobile App. One app will now do the work of multiple remotes, including automated processes which are often called ‘scenes’.
It will also provide the opportunity to build scenes which means instead of just using it as a remote, the user can pre-record a series of movements of the adaptive equipment like a crane (think moving it into position). As they move the crane, the steps or movements are recorded in the app, and then the user can play it back each time they need to enter or exit their vehicle. This means that for individuals with very limited muscular control, accomplishing the various processes of prepping their vehicle will be reduced to only the single press of a button on the mobile app.
Anticipating similar integrations
and proliferation in the future, Adapy aims to impact the lives of millions of disabled individuals by using its patented framework to extend the concept of better mobility through automation into daily living in the next five years. Adapy aspires to take their technology beyond the vehicle and into everyday life for the disabled by extending its functionality to work in any environment crossing over into home automation, physical therapy equipment, extended care facilitates and more.
“We believe we have the solution and the platform to automate everything adaptive! The key to this is our mobile app and our patented hardware which allows the protocols necessary for both analog and digital communication of the adaptive equipment. We take age-old adaptive equipment and with a simple connection to our Smart Hub, bring it into the next generation of smart devices, providing not only mobile controls but full smart automation. Adapy’s technology is the first of its kind to bridge the gap between adaptive equipment and manufacturers. For the first time ever, a product created by one manufacturer can work seamlessly in an automated fashion with another piece of adaptive equipment from a completely different manufacturer, thus allowing the disabled to experience a single point of control for all of their adaptive equipment.”
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What people are saying about the Adapy Smart Mobility System
It’s an amazing App and I would defiantly recommend it. The app is amazing, they got this so I can be inside when it is snowing. I can connect the app via bluetooth and open my vans doors and lower my lift. I avoid the rain and the snow. I can do everything from my garage avoiding the harsh weather.
TThe concept behind Adapy is awesome. It was introduced to me as a solution to people needing to get into the car having multiple remotes, and buttons that they have to push centralizing all of it and making it mobile friendly. There is countless reasons why this is beneficial to me and other disabled people.
CEO & President
Product Manager & Inspiration
Drew Evans is a resilient and innovative individual who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He began his career in the Air Force Reserves as an Aerial Port Technician (2T2X1), where he had the opportunity to intern with the Department of Energy’s Explosives Test Range. Drew’s military experience led him to deploy to Kyrgyzstan in 2012-2013, where he facilitated the movement of military troops from all branches to and from the front lines.
Unfortunately, Drew’s career in the Air Force was cut short when he suffered a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) while stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska in 2013. Despite this setback, Drew remained determined to continue serving others, and he came up with the idea for Adapy™, a Smart Mobility System, out of the constant frustrations he faced operating his wheelchair and adaptive devices.
Drew’s and Aarons’s vision for Adapy™ began in 2015 when Drew faced daily mobility challenges. He wanted to create a solution that could help others facing similar challenges and make their daily lives easier. Connecting with Aason and seeing his dream become a reality has been a fulfilling experience for Drew, knowing that he is making a positive impact on the lives of others.
Drew’s resilience, determination, and innovative spirit have been the driving force behind his success with Adapy™. He is a true inspiration to others, and his story serves as a testament to the power of perseverance in the face of adversity.
Rachel is a highly experienced healthcare professional, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of Durable Medical Equipment. With a successful background as an Area Manager and Area Sales Manager at Rotech Healthcare, one of the largest DME providers in the US, Rachel oversaw the operations of four states where they held the VA contract. During her time at Rotech, Rachel developed strategic plans to maintain and increase market share based on geographic boundaries and population demographics while keeping abreast of the latest Medicare, Medicaid, insurance regulations, and FDA/DOT and JCAHO guidelines.
With Rachel’s extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and her passion for helping others, she is ideally positioned to drive market growth for Adapy, Inc. Rachel is always looking for new and innovative ways to reach out to an unlimited number of prospects while building sustainable relationships with clients and patients. Her creative approach to her work is both refreshing and effective, and she has a proven track record of success in the healthcare industry.
Rachel is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for her clients and patients, and her dedication to the field of healthcare is unwavering. With her vast knowledge and experience in Durable Medical Equipment and her creative approach to business, Rachel is a true asset to any team she works with.
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