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Monday, September 25, 2006

AIST Develops 'Intelligent' Electronic Wheelchair

JCNnetwork reports that National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), in collaboration with the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, has developed an electronic wheelchair with a 360-degree camera that leaves no blind spots.

The 'intelligent' wheelchair prevents collision and bumps by gathering 3D information on the surrounding area in real time. It also detects irregular gestures and posture of the person on the wheelchair, stopping promptly and sending out an external emergency message when it senses something unusual.
After digging around for more info and photos, I found that PINK Tentacle, also has an article and through his article I landed on the AIST site. The site has more information together with some videos of the chair in operation. If you know Japanese, go to AIST site or if your Japanese is not that good! you can go to this google translated site.

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