A Pakistani student has recently created the country’s first locally developed smart wheelchair technology for people with disabilities. Faaiz Arbab has developed a smart wheelchair called GOBEE, which features voice command capability.
The newly introduced GOBEE smart wheelchair has already won the prestigious Best Consumer Product Design Award at the recent 2018 National Design Awards. The event organizer selected the smart wheelchair for its unique features, which include anti-rusting, anti-sweat technology, sofa seat and voice control.
About the newly introduced smart wheelchair
In the beginning, Faaiz didn’t really believe that his idea would be recognized by the business incubation center NIC Lahore. Fortunately, the smart wheelchair has managed to catch the incubation center’s attention due to its huge market potential. As a result, NIC Lahore has decided to select the GOBEE smart wheelchair for their incubation program.
The newly developed wheelchair aims to help people with different disabilities by infusing technology into the healthcare product. It features a fast-charging capability and has a top speed of 18 kph. The new wheelchair can also pair with mobile devices using Bluetooth and WiFi technology. This also means that the smart wheelchair can be remotely controlled by the user from a distance place. The new GOBEE wheelchair is expected to help the struggling local wheelchair industry, which currently is dominated by foreign companies and suppliers. The new wheelchair offers a much cheaper option compared to its imported counterparts. Additionally, the new product comes with a six-month warranty, making it a top choice for many Pakistani people.
Faaiz has also founded the Ayub Yaqoob Engineering Company (AYECo), which started the commercial distribution of the smart wheelchair in the local Pakistani market. The company plans to export the product to other countries after it has met product requirements with the World Health Organization.
In addition, Faaiz’s company also announced plans to upgrade the smart wheelchair, including the addition of a brand new IP camera and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
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