AT&T recently rolled out an Internet of Things platform, at the same time they set up the AT&T Foundry, a kind of skunkworks where smart people can create different solutions built on top of the IoT. One of the results of AT&T’s initiatives is a new collaboration between the company and Permobile, a wheelchair manufacturer.
The two companies got together and came up with an IoT-enabled wheelchair. The wheelchair includes a number of sensors which monitor patient comfort, wheelchair performance and maintenance requirements. This is actually pretty important — wheelchair-bound patients often suffer from pressure ulcers due to their extended periods in one position. Alongside that, for someone who sees a wheelchair as their only way to remain ambulatory, unexpected maintenance on the chair is problematic. This solution aims to solve some of those issues.