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U.S. Rehab Signs Partnership Agreement with Braze Mobility

06/10/2022

June 10, 2022 (Waterloo, Iowa)

U.S. Rehab, a division of VGM & Associates, announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Braze Mobility Inc. to make the innovative Braze Blind Spot Sensors for wheelchairs available to its members nationwide. 

Braze Mobility Inc. has created the world’s first blind spot sensors that can be added to any manual or power wheelchair and transform it into a ‘smart’ wheelchair. The patented technology automatically detects obstacles and provides feedback to the user through intuitive lights, sounds, and vibrations. This technology can help prevent accidents resulting in property damage, wheelchair damage, and injuries that can lead to hospitalization. 

In addition, Braze Blind Spot Sensors can potentially widen access to power wheelchair use to those who might currently be unduly excluded. The company’s solution is based on over a decade of user-centered research with wheelchair users, which has been published in several peer-reviewed articles. 

“U.S. Rehab is extremely excited about this new partnership. This is a growing market and it is a great opportunity for our U.S. Rehab members, ” said Greg Packer, President, U.S. Rehab. “We strive to continually bring partnerships to our members that are beneficial for them, and their customers.”   

“We are really excited to partner with U.S. Rehab and be able to work with all their members across the country, many of whom we have already had the pleasure of working with”, said Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, CEO, and co-founder of Braze Mobility. “We strongly believe in empowering users by increasing their spatial awareness while leaving them fully in control. Our approach is resonating with clients who value their independence. This partnership will allow many more manual and powered wheelchair users to access the Braze Blind Spot Sensors so they can navigate their environments boldly, independently, and safely.” 

Physicians, therapists, and customers should contact their local VGM member for more information on this exciting technology. 

About VGM & Associates: VGM & Associates is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive member service organization (MSO) for post-acute healthcare including DME/HME, respiratory, sleep, wound care, complex rehab, women’s health, home modifications, and orthotics and prosthetics providers. Over 2,500 providers with nearly 7,000 locations rely on VGM to connect them to valuable resources every single day. For more information, visit www.vgm.com

About Braze Mobility Inc.: Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the company was founded by Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, who has incorporated over a decade of smart wheelchair research into state-of-the-art technology that improves accessibility and independence for people with physical disabilities. Braze Mobility is dedicated to increasing independence, safety, and overall quality of life for people living with mobility challenges. The team at Braze Mobility engages with end-users throughout the design process to create accessible and innovative technologies that are affordable and easy to use. The company currently sells its technology in North America and will be launching its products overseas soon. For more information, visit www.brazemobility.com.

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Photo showing a U.S. Veteran wheelchair user navigating a indoor obstacle course, and a staff member kneeling to take a photo of the veteran.

Central Arkansas VA to be flagship for mobility safety program

06/01/2022

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is researching new ways to make wheelchairs and mobility chairs safer for Veterans.

The organization is one of seven Veterans Health Administration sites, and the flagship site, in doing so.

In a partnership with Braze Mobility, Inc., 20 Veteran patients are participating in the development of a terrain analysis system to help wheelchair and mobility chair users navigate outdoor environments safely and independently.

According to Braze Mobility, the system uses a set of sensors that attach to any manual or powered wheelchair, turning it into a “smart” wheelchair.

The system also provides alerts to the user about objects and obstacles through light, sound, and vibration feedback.

Eleven CAVHS Veterans are participating in the discovery phase and nine are in the user experience phase.  The collected data will be used to develop the next iteration of the sensors. 

Once a full prototype is developed, CAVHS will conduct user experience testing with the same Veterans.

Read the article here.

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