A smart, collision-avoidance powerchair accessory, named LUCI, has been included in TIME Magazine’s list of the best inventions of 2020.
Included in the accessibility category, the designers claim their technology allows the wheelchair to ‘see’ the environment.
This makes it particularly useful in preventing drop-offs from curbs and similar dangerous obstacles in the world.
Designed in Nashville, LUCI launched earlier this year in the US and can be retrofitted to powerchairs.
TIME Magazine reportedly assembled its Best Inventions of 2020 list via nominations from editors and correspondents around the world, as well as via an online application process.
It then assessed each nomination based on factors like originality, effectiveness and impact.
Barry Dean, LUCI CEO, told AMP: “We’re just so glad that organisations like Popular Science and TIME are talking about mobility in the mainstream, and we are grateful that LUCI is helping to bring innovation attention to this space.
“Our hope is that LUCI’s collaborative approach can unite the industry around believing in greater possibilities for power wheelchairs and their users.”
Speaking about the product when it was launched earlier this year, Kelly Waugh, clinic coordinator for the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver, said: “I was blown away by not only the product and the innovative features of LUCI, but just the whole culture and the rider-focused passion that was brought to its unique design.
“It’s going to be a game-changer for a lot of people who use power wheelchairs, but I also think LUCI is going to open up power mobility for people who might not have been candidates before.
“Most importantly, it will enable power wheelchair riders to go places and do things with greater ease, confidence and safety.”
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