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icare funds wheelchair tech

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State insurer icare is funding an innovative sensor-app platform to improve life for NSW wheelchair users.

The icare Foundation will give $500,000 to loop+ to develop a prototype seat mat that monitors a user’s position, pressure and general activity.

It aims to prevent common health risks such as pressure sores, which will affect about 85% of wheelchair users.

The sensor mat also promotes healthy wheelchair habits and slows development of scoliosis and respiratory issues.

icare supports nearly 390 people with spinal injuries through its Lifetime Care Scheme.