ROVI Mobility's X3 on deck for end-of-year rollout
CARSON, Calif. – “It’s a challenge to go from introducing a company to introducing an actual new product line,” Cody Verrett, president of ROVI Mobility, recently said about the company’s past year.
A division of Shoprider, ROVI was launched in September 2013 as a new manufacturer of complex power wheelchairs, and while Verrett acknowledges some bumps in the road, he said the company is on track to release the X3, a Group 3-level power wheelchair for individuals up to 300 pounds, by the end of the year.
“We’re now entering into the end of the FDA’s 510K process,” Verrett said. “Once that’s completed, we’ll be able to bring the product into the U.S. With that hurdle overcome, we can pursue PDAC coding for CMS.”
While administrative logistics are always a challenge, Verrett noted that any other setbacks in the company’s timeline have been in the name of making sure the quality of the product was up to the level the company wanted.
“We’ve done extensive outreach to both clinicians and ATPs,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we were going down the right path from a design standpoint.”
So far, feedback has been good, said Verrett. The manufacturer consulted with clinicians, who liked the balance of the product, and providers, who are focused on ensuring that a product is reliable, and they can service it quickly.
This past spring was when the company focused on making any requested adjustments, Verrett said, adding that from the beginning they had also focused on ensuring that the configuration of electronics in the chair was advantageous to the technician community.
Once X3 is ready for market, Verrett said ROVI Mobility will work exclusively through Motion Concepts for ordering, configuring and shipping to consumers.