The team developed a small, low-cost device called Redliner. It attaches to the wheel of a wheelchair, and might be considered a Fitbit for wheelchairs, detecting not only activity but also able to estimate the level of force the users generate in their everyday wheelchair propulsion activities. The next step is to use the Redliner to create exertion maps to enable wheelchair users and their families to route-plan excursions and accurately measure wheelchair accessibility.

Led by:
• Martin Ferguson-Pell, Ph.D., C.Phys. FRSA, professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

The TEC Edmonton Innovation Awards celebrate the success of University of Alberta researchers.  In 2019, awards were presented to ten University of Alberta spin-off companies and nine research teams that received a US patent and have an industry partner.