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Highlights from Naidex 2005

Photo of the Portable Aquatic Lift at the side of a swimming pool

On show at the Naidex exhibition in Birmingham was the Portable Aquatic Lift. It is a battery-powered device that can be wheeled to the poolside in seconds. Made by Miami-based RehaMed International, the PAL is new to the UK.

Photo of the RNID smoke alarm

The RNID smoke alarm is designed to meet the safety needs of deaf people. It conforms to a new British standard, and includes flashing lights as well as a vibrating pad to place under the pillow. It costs 88.00.

Photo of the portable pyramid hearing loop

Another product of interest to hearing impaired people will be the portable pyramid hearing loop made by It has a rechargeable battery and can be used on reception desks or in a variety of other situations including meetings.

Photo of the readable page turner

The Readable Page Turner costs just under 3,000 and is designed to enable people with a range of disabilities to read independently. It holds books from pocket size to A4 and automatically adjusts for paper type and thickness.

Photo of the Wristcare wristband

Nottingham Rehab Supplies' WristCare monitors the activities of vulnerable people. It detects body movement, learns the wearer's normal daily routine and can trigger an alarm if activity is abnormal. Pressing the button summons help.

Photo of the K Screen flexible shower protector.

The K Screen won an award at Naidex for the best new product. It is a flexible, retractable screen for use in a shower where someone requires assistance. It occupies very little space and reduces the risk of injury compared with similar, rigid screens.

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