Power On is a new assistive technology review show from The CIL.  We take assistive technology products from around the world, then pit them head-to-head and help you decide which products to buy.

Watch full episodes from Power On and Power On: LIVE! below.

SmartDrive MX2 vs Rio Mobility Firefly


In our first episode, we travel to San Francisco and conquer its notoriously steep hills with a pair of wheelchair power assist devices.

Public Beach Wheelchair vs. Vipamat Hippocampe


In our second episode, we travel to sunny Alameda and conquer the sandy beaches with the Vipamat Hippocampe, and the Natural Access beach wheelchair.

Spinergy ZX-1 vs.

Alber Twion Wheels


In our third episode, we return to Alameda and log some miles along the island's scenic walkways with the Spinergy ZX-1 and the Alber Twion Wheels.

Microsoft Seeing AI vs. Be My Eyes


In our fourth episode, it's a race to make lunch with two free iPhone apps for the visually impaired - Microsoft's Seeing AI and Be My Eyes.

Freedom Scientific Topaz vs. Humanware Prodigi


In our fifth episode, we try to read the fine print with a pair of CCTV devices, or desktop video magnifiers, at The CIL's Alameda Office.

Freedom Scientific OpenBook vs. Prizmo iPhone App


In our sixth episode of Power On, we compare a $1600 scanning software package from Freedom Scientific to a $10 iPhone app and try to determine if it's worth it or not for users with low vision.

WHILL Model Ci


In our first solo product review, we head to Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, CA to take the brand new WHILL Model Ci out for a test drive. WHILL unveiled the Model Ci earlier this year at CES 2018.

Power On is currently filming more episodes.  If there's a product that you'd like to see us review, let us know.


Saturday, April 14, 2018, from the main lobby at the Momentum Expo, The CIL aired the first-ever live episode of Power On.  Host Rafael Siegel sat down with guests, speakers, AT specialists and more for over 3 hours of fun!  Look below for highlights (now with subtitles) from 

Power On: LIVE!

Power On: LIVE! Opening

Rafael Siegel opens up our first ever live episode of Power On with a monologue outlining the events and activities available at the Momentum Expo in Berkeley, CA.

Invacare TDX SP2 on Power On: LIVE!

Steve Haines, Rehab Sales Manager for Invacare Corporation, stopped by Power On: LIVE! at Saturday's Momentum Expo and brought along the new Invacare TDX SP2, a power wheelchair loaded with cutting-edge technology, including Invacare's new LiNX Electronics.

4 Wheel Bob on Power On: LIVE!

At last month’s Momentum Expo, we sat down with Livermore City Council Member Bob Coomber to talk about hiking in a wheelchair, adjusting to life with a disability, and starring in the new documentary, 4 Wheel Bob. Check out our highlights from that interview.


To check your local PBS listings for ‘4 Wheel Bob’ showtimes, visit 4wheelbobfilm.com and click 'Watch'.

Todd Kerr on Power On: LIVE!

Saturday on Power On: LIVE!, we sat down with Todd Kerr, the Berkeley Times founder and editor to talk about his long-standing relationship with the disability community, his reluctance to put the bi-monthly publication online, and what a fully-accessible version of the newspaper might look like.

Alameda County 2-1-1 on

Power On: LIVE!

Lars Eric Holm from Eden I&R stopped by the set of Power On: LIVE! at the Momentum Expo this past April to talk about the Alameda 2-1-1 service, which provides Alameda county callers with information and resources.

AC Transit Accessibility on

Power On: LIVE!

Kim Ridgeway from AC Transit stopped by the Power On: LIVE! set to discuss her Wheelchair Marking and Tether Strap Program as well as AC Transit's ever-evolving solutions to accessibility.

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