World's First Blind Spot Sensors for Wheelchairs.

The Braze Blind Spot Sensor System is compatible with all Quantum and Pride wheelchairs and scooters. It is highly modular, starting at only $1850 MSRP, and does not interfere with the wheelchair electronics.

For clients experiencing challenges navigating obstacles, our sensors alert the user through directional LED lights, an audible beep, and/or tactile vibrations.

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Who Can Benefit From Blind Spot Sensors?

According to Simpson (2008), up to 91% of wheelchair users can benefit from "smart" wheelchairs. Here is the breakdown by diagnosis:

Diagnosis Symptoms that results in decreased spatial awareness
Spinal cord injury (SCI) Limited head/neck movement
Low Vision / Blindness Vision loss
Multiple sclerosis (MS) Limited head/neck movement, fatigue/weakness
Parkinson's disease (PD) Visual field neglect
Stroke Visual field neglect/loss
Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) Visual field neglect, fatigue/weakness, head/neck movement, inattention
Alzheimer's disease (AD) Inattention
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Limited head/neck movement, fatigue/weakness

It is important to not only consider the client's diagnosis, needs, and abilities, but also his/her wheelchair configuration and environment. For example, the following scenarios can lead to reduced spatial awareness and navigation challenges:

Driving in a tilted or reclined position

Using alternative drive controls that require the client to face forwards (head array, sip-and-puff, eye gaze, etc.)

Using accessories that create additional blind spots (oxygen tanks, backpacks, communication devices, extended legrests, etc.)

Navigating tight and/or inaccessible spaces (especially in a bariatric wheelchair)

How Do the Braze Sensors Help Your Clients?

Your colleague Dean Jones in Minnesota shared with us:

"The Braze product stuck out to me working with a young girl, it was the first time she felt safe and independent. It doesn't take over the chair. Easy to install, it was truly plug and play, we had blocked off the whole afternoon but we had it done within a few seconds. We tested it and in just about every room where there was something, it picked it up every time, so our confidence in the product grew. As the wheelchair rep and having it work so seamlessly, it made us shine a little bit too!"

Where Are The Blind Spot Sensors Used?

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The Braze Blind Spot Sensors can be used to align clients in a doorway, allowing them to back through while ensuring they are at an equal distance from both walls.

The Braze Blind Spot Sensors has been used to help clients navigate through tight spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms. The feedback helps the client ensure that they are centred in the space, and increases their confidence while navigating in enclosed spaces.

The Braze Blind Spot Sensors have also been used for accessing public transportation, such as navigating onto and off of busses and streetcars.

What Are The Benefits Of The Blind Spot Sensors?

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  • Independence - Backing up often requires assistance from others to navigate safely. Braze Blind Spot Sensors enhance users' spatial awareness and help them navigate more independently.
  • Confidence - Many of our clients report that before using the Braze system, they had difficulty navigating in public, which led to embarrassment and/or safety concerns like knocking over shelves at department and grocery stores and running into children, other people, or strollers. These users reported increased confidence to engage with the community as a result of our system's actionable feedback that can help avoid embarrassing and potentially hazardous situations.
  • Increased access to power mobility for some clients - For clients who experience challenges in operating their power mobility device safely, Braze Blind Spot Sensors may provide them with the information needed to enhance their driving abilities, such as helping them learn the footprint of their chair. Some clients have said they used the system frequently inside their home when they were first prescribed their chair, and now primarily use it in unfamiliar spaces.
  • Easy to use and install - All system feedback was designed to be intuitive and easy to understand, with the different modalities (lights, sounds, and vibrations) for increased accessibility. The Braze sensors can be installed without any permanent modifications to the chair. These sensors operate completely separate from the wheelchair and do not control the chair in any way. Resources to help clients, therapists, and ATPs use the product are available, including videos and manuals on recommended use, information packages, and apps for training and customization. We also provide support on-demand in collaboration with our dealer partners across the country!

Are There Any Case Studies With The Blind Spot Sensors?

Yes, of course! We have several success stories with the Braze Blind Spot Sensors to share, and continue to hear more! Below are three unique case studies that you can also download below.

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Phil Ratzlaff, US Marine Veteran

Powered Wheelchair User

(Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, legal blindness)

Wade and Arlene

Wade Watts, Business Owner

Manual and Powered Wheelchair User

(Multiple sclerosis)

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David Watson, Long-Term Care Resident

Powered Wheelchair User

Is There Funding For Blind Spot Sensors?

Our product is coded K0108 or E1399. Note that while funding is approved on a case-by-case basis, we’ve had success with the following organizations:

  • US Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Programs
  • Waiver Programs
  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Auto insurance
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Worker's Comp Insurance

There are other funding options through charities like Team Gleason, MS Society, and MS Foundation. If you would like to apply for funding, please contact us, and will work with you to help get it funded.

Learn how to get funding through Veterans Affairs Canada and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

How Do I Order Or Trial Blind Spot Sensors For My Client?

You can get started by filling out an Intake Form. We have dealer and independent representatives in Canada and the U.S. and can work with other providers if your clinic or institution has a preference.  We also offer in-services to provide an explanation and demonstration of our Blind Spot Sensor systems. This is a great way for you and your colleagues to learn more about the Braze Blind Spot Sensors. Once you fill out the form, we can either do a virtual inservice by our founder, Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, or arrange for a local rep to meet you in person.

For institutions that are interested, we sell an Evaluation Kit for therapists that comes with mounts that can be easily moved from one wheelchair to another to allow quick trials with several clients.

If you work with the VA, we are a SAM approved vendor (DUNS#: 241998019). Once funding for the client is approved, VA staff can email purchase orders to orders@brazemobility.com or fax purchase orders to 1-877-272-9326.