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Wheelchairs feature pressure-sensing fabrics

Advanced Textiles, Products | October 1, 2011 | By:

[Texe srl, INNTEX Div.] Florence, Italy

Pressure-sensing fabrics that alert wheelchair users to posture issues have been developed by Italian textile manufacturer, Inntex. The sensing seat covers could be used to warn wheelchair users with paralysis or other impairments, who may not notice when their posture changes. If the wheelchair user’s arm falls from an armrest, or if he or she is leaning too far forward, a gentle alarm goes off to tell the occupant or someone else who can provide assistance. Inntex is also working on adapting the technology as a leg sensor.

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