We make strollers suitable for all outdoor and sports activities.
Our goal is to offer a quality product for all. Kartus is more than just a wheelchair, it’s a high-performance product that allows inclusiveness, breaks seclusion of people with disabilities, and brings happiness to all its users. It allows people with reduced mobility and seniors to access to parks, large green spaces, but also to participate in running events. We also want to create a community of people sharing open-air outings and use this opportunity to talk about the issues faced by people with mobility challenges, and also to promote human-centered design as well as positive design.
Several objectives are targeted in the realization of the Kartus wheelchair. First of all, it allows people with reduced mobility and seniors access to large green spaces, which has an impact on their mental and physical health. The device also aims to break the isolation, promoting the sharing of a dynamic activity. In the same vein, initiatives such as Les Courses Partagées de Sherbrooke (shared runs) allows runners and people with reduced mobility to form new social circles. This helps reduce the risk of depression or anxiety in isolated people. Users who push by walking or running the Kartus feel a strong sense of sharing, which has an impact on their perceived happiness. Faced with all these benefits, we want to make our product known to the greatest number of people to add happiness in people’s lives.
Quality of life
The idea of the Kartus stroller is born from a simple desire: to share the happiness, the excitement and the joy experienced during sporting events. It was the neurologist Marc Therrien, after several long distance races, who wondered how he could share these feelings with people who do not have the chance. He mobilizes a team of young students in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke to design a prototype. Seven students will design the first prototype over a two-year period.
Following this initial project, Marc wanted more strollers to launch the Sherbrooke Shared Races, where runners and co-runners would be invited to share weekly races around Lac des Nations in Sherbrooke. That’s when Philip Oligny, also a student in mechanical engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke, joins in to help Marc in his project. However, Philip wants to extend the reach of this product around the world so that everyone can benefit from the happinness it brings to all users. He therefore designed an improved version of the prototype, and Marc bought five seats for the launch of the Sherbrooke Shared Races.
Philip creates the company Kartus in parallel in order to market this product. He devotes a lot of time to make it a product that meets the needs of its users (runners and co-runners). The research and development of the wheelchair was done so that it had an ergonomics adapted to users, to be safe, to be light, to be easy to maintain and use, and to allow the interchangeability of certain components by incorporating several bike parts.
Many people wonder where does the name Kartus come from? The seven students who designed the first prototype chose “KartUS” ending in US to indicate the origin of its design (at the Université de Sherbrooke), and interpreted it as “a kart for us”. We chose to keep the name in honor of these seven students and as a tribute to the Université de Sherbrooke who made the project possible.