What do you mean that you didn’t know that one of these was on the way for those with mobility issues? Of course! We have robotic cars that tell the driver what to do. I audited them for the dealerships. I don’t trust them. They need to work out the invalidities before they kill billions of people and animals in these vehicles as of now. Now, the Robotic wheelchair that is on its way from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan will provide you a safer way to go down curbs independently.
Engineers at the Chiba Institute were very frustrated with the way that wheelchairs were made. It didn’t allow the user to go down curbs without having to bounce hard, or to make turns without help. Then add to that, having to get up and down a few outside steps. After several years of working on and perfecting this chair, they have now built a prototype that is awaiting a patent. This chair looks like a wheelchair with sensors built inside of it along with 4 wheel drive.
The wheelchair user just controls the joystick to tell it where to go. When the chair approaches a step, it’s built in sensors act accordingly maneuvering the wheels over the top of the step. This isn’t the only advantage of this chair. The robot controls bouncing in the chair, while the user is going up or down a lawn or rough terrain.
Another feature is that the chair’s wheels align in a straight row to turn and pivot in tight spaces such as a narrow hallway. The wheels behave like legs. This is new technology for those with mobility issues.
Chiba Institute is going to try the chairs out with a variety of users, to fine tune them for marketing. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on a tongue control chair for all users. This is another step up for technology. It makes for better independence for wheelchair users.
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