Installed under the front passenger seat of a car, this compact mechanism enables the seat to swivel 90 degrees right out through the doorway.
From its inception several years ago the award-winning* Easy Seat, patented and marketed worldwide, was well received, enabling elderly and less able people (and their helpers) much easier access into and out of cars.
A new version, Easy Seat Mark 2 has been developed and is at the prototype stage. It retains the unique sturdy “round the door-pillar” swivel mechanism, but has been thoroughly revamped – more compact, lighter, and with a height adjustment option. Most importantly, the new Easy Seat is much easier to install. Inquiries from prospective manufacturers and marketers are welcome.
*BHP Awards, Australia; Gold Medal, 22nd Salon International des Inventions, Switzerland.
Easy Seat – development history
An automotive swivel seat which enables elderly and less able people (and their helpers) much easier access into and out of cars.
Soon after Rob Wallace, mechanical design consultant, was engaged to improve an existing automotive swivel seat, he realized that the design had fundamental shortcomings, and a new approach was needed.
With some lateral thinking, and drawing inspiration from earthmoving machines and pantograph drafting mechanisms, Rob hit upon the solution. Basically it was a compact hinge comprising a stack of sturdy steel plates separated by ball races, controlled by linkages. When substituted for the front passenger seat sub-frame, it enabled the seat to swivel 90 degrees, right out of the car, as if pivoted on the door pillar.
This was a significant breakthrough, a prototype was built and tested, patent application was lodged, and manufacture began. As soon as it was released Easy Seat was well received by the market, was short listed for the annual BHP Awards, Australia, and went on to win a Gold Medal, at the 22nd Salon International des Inventions, Switzerland.
Although it was not his intention to be involved in the manufacturing and marketing of the product, withdrawal of the clients meant that Rob had to go it alone. Fortunately, Easy Seat became a successful business with strong sales throughout Australia, and exports to Europe. In USA a manufacture under licence agreement was negotiated. Eventually the business was taken over by another firm as Rob was too busy managing his bridge design and construction company Waldren Bridges Pty Ltd. Nevertheless Rob has maintained an interest and has recently developed a new model, Easy Seat Mk 2, which has numerous improvements.
Installed under the front passenger seat of a car, this compact mechanism enables the seat to swivel 900right out through the doorway.