Battlefield technology is once again brought to everyday use, this time with the wheelchair as the object in focus. Terrain sensing control systems that were specially designed for the guidance of autonomous vehicles on the battlefield are being transferred over to the wheelchair, allowing those sitting in wheelchairs to gain access across more areas than ever before. Steep hills or ramps, mud, snow, and uneven ground have long been dangerous grounds for a disabled person, so researchers at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering are currently hoping to implement technology which detects hazardous terrain, automatically adjust control settings of an electric-powered wheelchair that results in a safer transit without the need for assistance. We do hope that when this becomes available, wheelchair users won’t be left stranded because of the entry price point.
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- 2012-10-15: JWX-2 wheelchair assistant
- 2012-10-15: Robot wheelchair “grows” legs, climbs stairs