Miller Place High School InvenTeam
Wheelchair Tip Alarm
The device is equipped with an accelerometer, which senses when the wheelchair tips at a 45-degree angle. Currently, the device communicates with a computer, but the InvenTeam is researching development of a Bluetooth component, which would send the GPS location of the wheelchair to an emergency contact via text message. The InvenTeam is pursuing a patent for some of the aspects of the device. Other applications for the device are rollover detection for cars and capsizing alerts for boats.