Whirrr, whirr, whirr. you survey your surroundings as General Patton or MacArthur would. With your high tech wheelchair command and control system, you practically have control over the entire battlefield. You look at the toddler playing with lego blocks on the living room floor and yell, "Turn on HBO!". The toddler ignores you. You smile with satisfaction as you hear a familiar beep.
The large widescreen 100 inches or so LCD display, turns itself on and promptly switches to HBO with the speed of a harried underling.
"Good, Rob Stark is no longer a threat." You smile to yourself with satisfaction as you issue another command, "Recline my chair."
Welcome to the age of the wheelchair entertainment system.
Well, they don't call it that, but you get what I mean.
Developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, it brings us to the next step in access for people with severe disabilities who can only make use of their hands.
Well, voice recognition isn't part of the technology yet, but with a device that can interoperate and interface with several other devices such as your TV, playstation, cellphone and other bluetooth capable devices - including a voice recognition module can only take a while once they realize its potential.
The device can be installed on many Otto Bock electronic wheelchairs.
Want a Free Wheelchair Upgrade and a New Friend?
If you happen to be around Glouster, Ohio look for a man named Ken Bussart. Forced by primary progressive multiple sclerosis to live his life on a wheelchair he has defied the condition and brought good to countless people by donating and modifying their wheelchairs - free of charge. Of course, you can also do your part and donate some wheelchairs that you may no longer be using.
Ken believes that he's had a good life and with the sudden onset of his condition, feels that he can still make a difference by helping others have a good life too.
So, when you do drop by Glouster, Ohio, do meet the awesome man.
Donate a wheelchair, have a free modification and meet a new friend.