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"It's only air, but it's what ROHO does with it that makes a world of difference..."

ROHO, the maker of our entire travel seat cushion line, created the first air cell cushion in the mid 1970’s specifically for wheelchair patients.  This first ROHO cushion was made to reduce decubitus ulcers (i.e., pressure or bed sores) caused from prolonged periods of uninterrupted pressure to the skin and soft tissue.  With its success touted by experts in the industry, the cushion quickly became the de-facto standard for the prevention of pressure sores in wheelchair patients.  Soon ROHO coined the term Shape Fitting Technology to describe this unique dry floatation system.

How it Works

The ROHO Cushion uses a system of interconnected air cells that are made of neoprene rubber. These soft, flexible cells are interconnected by tiny channels which allow air to flow at a controlled rate from cell to cell. This evens out skin and tissue pressure across the surface of the seat and reduces painful pressure points.  The key to using a ROHO Cushion is proper inflation.  Each cushion has an air fill valve that allows inflation by mouth.  The cushion operates best with a small amount of air which allows it to conform to the shape of your derrière and distribute pressure evenly across it.  This distribution of pressure is the reason ROHO technology is able to minimize painful pressure points to the buttock. 

   

The "Techy" Explanation of How it Works...

Six Degrees of Freedom  

Benefits of "Air Cell" Design
ROHO cushions are constructed of individual cells that move independently, allowing each cell to twist, turn, bend and adapt precisely to the contours and anatomy of the rider.

Low Surface Tension  

Low Surface Tension
The unique cellular design allows for settling into the cushion without stretching your skin and minimizes the chance of skin breakdown.

Constant Restoring Forces  

Constant Restoring Forces
When a rider sits on an ROHO cycle cushion, the forces and pressures pushing back are kept equal at all points minimizing "hot spots" or pressure points.

 

Low Friction and Shear
The slick surface and independent movement of the ROHO independent air cells greatly reduces friction and shear as riders shift their weight.

 
Low Surface Tension   Low Surface Tension
The unique cellular design allows for settling into the cushion without stretching your skin and minimizes the chance of skin breakdown.

Roho Technology has also been used for:

  • Rescue efforts for the transfer of an Orca Whale
  • The motorcycle journey documentary, "Long Way Round" where Edwin McGregor rode on the ROHO seat cushion.
  • Several major motion pictures, including "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Unbreakable"
  • Formula One Race Cars as protection and cushioning for drivers
Watch the video below for a great demonstration of how the ROHO seat cushion works...