Automatic Accident Prevention System for Independent Wheelchair Users.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H133S110034
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S110034
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
84.133S-1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Minnesota HealthSolutions
976 Summit Avenue. , Saint Paul, MN, 55105-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
621641237
Principal Investigator:
Sara Seifert
(612) 803-6998
sara.seifert@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This project develops and evaluates an accident prevention system for manual wheelchairs. A stability control system, similar to technology available for passenger cars is developed and evaluated to establish its feasibility and utility to independent wheelchair users. There were more than 80,000 emergency room visits in 2008 due to wheelchair falls. Falls cause significant physical and potentially emotional damage to wheelchair users and often lead to the user adopting a more restricted lifestyle.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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