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Braze Mobility unveils obstacle-detection system for wheelchairs

10/18/2017

Braze Mobility Inc. has launched an add-on system that can transform a regular wheelchair into a “smart” wheelchair able to help prevent collisions. The novel system uses sensors to detect obstacles and provides visual, audio or vibration feedback to drivers. It can be added to any powered or manual wheelchair. “Rear visibility and manoeuvering in tight spaces are real issues with mobility devices―and collisions can result,” said Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, CEO of Braze Mobility. “Our obstacle-detection system is designed to increase safety, independence and quality of life for people living with mobility impairment.” Two versions of the product―the Braze Hydra and Braze Sentina―debuted yesterday at the AGE-WELL Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, has supported Braze through its Strategic Investment Program. Incorporated in 2016, Braze has also received support from the Ontario Brain Institute through their ONtrepreneurs program, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto (U of T) and Semaphore Research Cluster at U of T. Herman Witlox, a powered wheelchair user who helped to Beta test the obstacle-detection system, called it “a lifesaver” that helps him avoid collisions with people and property that can happen when changing...

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