Where does it all start? When you see a car, a phone, a piece of furniture, or even a mobility device, do you ever wonder how the idea came about? We sat down with Matthew, Manager, Design Engineer, and Vinnie, Design Engineer II, to learn more about the product design journey.
Matt started his career at Pride Mobility about twelve years ago in the Quantum R&D department and Vinnie joined the Pride R&D department over 4 years ago. While the design process is similar, the application is very different and needs to be considered. Matt explained that Quantum products require more specific configurations that are tailor-made to each consumer.
When we think of research and development, we think of a department that is shrouded in mystery. That’s not the case here at Pride Mobility! Matt and Vinnie are two members of a robust team that have been doing field research to gain valuable feedback directly from our consumers, particularly at trade shows like the Abilities Expo. While attending the shows, they have opportunities to speak to providers as well! Gaining feedback from both groups gives Matt and Vinnie a well-rounded view of exactly what the end user is looking for in a mobility device. It also happens to be their favorite part about the expos! Once feedback is received, Matt and Vinnie bring it to the rest of the team to discuss and see how they can work the information into future product designs. Many accessories and features are a direct result of feedback obtained from our customer base. The saying, “it takes a village” really applies to product development. Matt and Vinnie work hand in hand with many other internal departments to communicate product innovations.
They both agree that their favorite part of the job is watching ideas come to life. They love to develop more advanced products to fit the ever-changing landscape of the mobility industry, while making sure that quality and comfort are at the forefront of every product that is created.
“The person responsible for our design, innovation, and technology goals is really YOU.”
We live in a world dominated by technology and automation. When we asked Matt and Vinnie where they feel the mobility world is heading, they unanimously agreed that travel mobility products are the future. Pushing the limits of mobility devices is always on their minds. When a product is designed, one of the many goals is to ensure that people can truly live their best life and go off the beaten path.
Now it’s time to dive into their personalities! Everyone has a favorite, whether you admit it or not. We asked Matt and Vinnie what their favorite products are. Matt loves the Zero Turn 10 scooter. He really enjoys the innovative design and seeing style meet functionality. For Vinnie, his favorite is the Jazzy Air® 2. He loves receiving consumer feedback at the expos regarding this life-elevating power chair!
The next time you see a Pride Mobility product, know that the person responsible for our design, innovation, and technology goals is really YOU.
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