Mobility technology continues to play a vital role in the lives of millions of people with disabilities.
As a result, a new wheelchair that combines 3D technology with AI (artificial intelligence) is expected to offer new solutions for people with limited mobility.
HOOBOX ROBOTICS, a robotic device manufacturer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, collaborated with Intel in an effort to develop 'The Wheelie.' The Wheelie is essentially a wheelchair kit that allows a person with limited mobility to control his/her wheelchair's movement using only their facial expressions.
The HOOBOX Robotics' Wheelie 7 kit is easy and quick to install, taking only about seven minutes set up. Users can choose from ten facial expressions like raising an eyebrow or sticking out their tongue to guide their motorized wheelchair to move forward, turn, stop etc.
The Wheelie 7 replaces invasive body sensors with a 3D Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR300 that is attached to the wheelchair. The camera then transmits data that gets processed in real time by the AI algorithms to maneuver the wheelchair. This allows the user to navigate the wheelchair without breaking much of a sweat.
According to Dr. Paulo Pinheiro, co-founder and CEO of HOOBOX Robotics, the Wheelie 7 is a unique product that relies on facial expressions to navigate a wheelchair. "This requires incredible precision and accuracy, and it would not be possible without Intel technology," Dr. Pinheiro noted.
The Wheelie 7 is designed to help people regain their autonomy. It is vital to identify how technology can be leveraged to help people regain their mobility and reliance on their own strengths rather than on other's when it comes to traveling from one place to another.
The Wheelie 7 kit from HOOBOX Robotics shows exactly how AI can help people with restricted mobility increase independence by allowing them to move around using natural facial expressions, says Anna Bethke, leader of AI for Social Good, Intel. It is a perfect example of how vision-driven AI is changing the future and how it can make a significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities across the globe.
Image credit: HooBoo Robotics/official website