Posted on 13 August 2010
Filed under: Computers
Strolling around with your wheelchair-bound loved ones might one day be a whole lot less stressful, thanks to a new robotic wheelchair created in Japan. Designed by researchers at Saitama University‘s Human-Robot Interaction Center, the wheelchair uses distance sensors and built-in cameras to keep track of a pedestrian’s position, allowing the chair to remain on the left-hand side of its targeted companion at all times. As Crunch Gear elaborates, the sensor system is also designed to pick up on the movements of a companion’s shoulders, which enables the chair to predict the direction in which the walker might move.
In the event that a person leads the wheelchair down a narrow hallway, or through similarly treacherous terrain, the sensors will detect any obstacles and navigate the chair accordingly. If, for example, other people are walking toward the couple in a tight space, the chair will automatically follow its companion in single-file. And, because several robo-chairs are capable of following the same person, Saitama’s researchers are hopeful that their brainchild will allow elderly care workers to more efficiently move their patients, and to interact with them more fluidly while doing so. To see the chair in action, check out the video after the break. [From: CrunchGear, via: PopSci]
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Posted on 01 July 2010
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Recent developments in medical science have enabled patients with heart conditions to experience unprecedented methods of surgery and rehabilitation. Tireless and precise remote-controlled robots provide doctors with “complete control” over surgical procedures, and an advanced and minimized artificial heart recently allowed a father to leave the hospital for the first time in two years.
Aside from healthy living and electronic bracelets, however, preventative measures and response techniques are limited. But, a group of scientists in England now appear close to empowering the elderly and the alone with a new protective monitoring system. The technology from PassivSystems can reportedly determine a fall or a heart attack in a monitored room, and then autonomously request assistance. The monitoring system also apparently recognizes brain, nerve and muscle signals.
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