Wheelchairs are getting a makeover. Design a smart wheelchair that improves posture, helps users meet their health goals, and keeps them moving forward – in more ways than one.
Improve posture – Pressure sensors in the seat alert users when their posture is not ideal, preventing long-term health issues.
Create an App community – The smart wheelchair and mobile app help wheel-bound users connect by notifying them when another user is in the area. They also create a ‘Waze’ for wheelchairs by sharing tips about wheelchair-accessible shops and reporting on inaccessible locations via the app.
Fall alert – Motion sensors in the wheelchair sense if the user falls and sends an alert to caregivers.
Track activity – Hand-powered wheelchair users can set distance goals for themselves via the mobile app; the wheelchair tracks how fast and how far they go. Users can track their improvement over time.
Set goals – Even the simple act of lifting oneself out of the wheelchair can become a measurable goal.