Dream-Racer on show

We finally made it. This week Dream-Racer is being shown to the general public, healthcare and occupational therapy professionals at Naidex 2007 (NEC Birmingham) and Special Needs North (GMEX Manchester).

Leading up to these two exhibitions we asked Quality Enabling Devices Ltd to act as the distributor of Dream-Racer and to introduce our radio controlled technology to special needs children and young adults in the UK and Ireland.

QED is a family business led by managing director Richard Bullock. They manufacture and distribute a large range of innovative products for people with special needs from their headquarters in Gosport, Hampshire. We first met them at the Special Needs Fringe Exhibition in January. Over the next few months got to know Richard and Nadine Farris (sales director) liked their approach, their enthusiasm for Dream-Racer and the other ideas we are working on.

With Richard and Nadine leading the commercial introduction of Dream-Racer we should have more time to focus on completing the development work required for Dream-Gamer.  We also have an early stage concept for a PC accessory we plan to scope out.

With QED focused on UK and Ireland my next commercial challenge is to identify potential distributors across the rest of Europe. Interestingly, my visit to Naidex today already pointed me in the direction of two companies, one in Denmark and the other in Sweden that have similar expertise to QED.

Now I’m wondering what I’ll find Manchester.

Dream-Racer EC Declaration of Conformity

Regular followers of this blog will know a little about Dream-Racer and our goal of developing radio controlled toys for children and young adults with physical disabilities. Today we made another leap forward by completing a programme of regulatory compliance.

We have completed the testing and risk assessment required to enable us to delare Dream-Racer radio controlled cars and trucks meet the requirements of the 1999/5/EC directive. I know that all sounds very technical but what it means is that Dream-Racer can be CE marked. I must admit I found the process rather daunting but fortunately we had some very capable admin help from John Watts, a consultant specialising in these requirements and from Derek Barlow at DB Technology (Cambridge) Ltd.  Derek Barlow was responsible for checking the electromagnetic compatibility of the transmitter and receiver used in the Nikko radio controlled cars and trucks.

This link connects directly to the EC Declaration on the Dream-Racer web site. Now that CE marking is behind us we are pressing ahead with our search for an electronics assembly operation to build the various Dream-Racer components.

You can also find more background on CE marking at Wikipedia.