Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Danger-sensing Wheelchair

Have you ever driven a motorized wheelchair? How about worked to teach a student how to drive one? Both can be hair-raising experiences, especially if the driver has any sensory/perceptive difficulties. And what happens if the driver gets too close to a set of stairs or is going too fast when approaching an intersection?

Well, the brilliant minds at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in cooperation with the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, have developed a camera array and software that will slow or stop a motorized wheelchair when it senses danger. This technology is based on danger-avoidance technologies available in some higher-end cars. (Note: The links above may take you to sites written in Japanese - but they still have very cool pictures of what this technology can do!)

Check out this summary article for yourself by clicking here.

Hat Tip: SlashGear.com

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