Posts Tagged 'robotics'

Robotic Wheelchair: Mall Shoppers Dream Come True?

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This is a sweet project that might make people who don’t even need a wheelchair want to try it out. You make an appointment via a smartphone for this robotic wheelchair to meet you outside of a shopping mall. It drives itself, has plenty of safety features for maneuvering within crowds, and can take a shopper directly to a specifically requested department. This wheelchair even remembers a shopper’s favorite / regular products, suggesting and navigating to those items automatically.

Posted by Tessa May 31, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

“Sighted” Wheelchair Makes First Successful Test Drive

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A “sighted” wheelchair has been taken on a successful first test drive by a PhD-student who is visually impaired. The electric wheelchair is steered with a joystick and has a “haptic robot” that works like a virtual white cane. A laser scanner helps to create a simplified 3D map of the wheelchair surroundings. The laser scanner uses a technique called “Time-of-flight.” After the 3D map is produced, it transfers back to the haptic robot. This allows a wheelchair user with a visual impairment to “feel or see” obstacles like oncoming people or open doors, and navigate past them.

Posted by Tessa May 24, 2011 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Game Changer? Luna the Personal Robot

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While it’s not quite Rosey from the Jetsons, RoboDynamics has unveiled a fully programmable adult-sized personal robot called Luna which comes with several “personality packs” to best fit your lifestyle. Luna could walk your dog for you or clean your house among “other things.”

Posted by Tessa May 17, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Virtual Valet: Using an iPod Touch to Park Cars

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After ranting about stupidity not qualifying as a disability to park in an accessible space, I got a kick out of researchers developing a Virtual Valet to park cars.

Posted by Tessa Feb 10, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Robotic Romeo

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O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? But this Romeo has nothing to do with Shakespeare and everything to do with robots being a companion and helpmate. And not like that…if you were thinking “hmmm, Romeo huh?”

Posted by Tessa Feb 08, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

5 Robotic Miracles Helping People Using Wheelchairs to Walk (Pictures)

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The future is expected to provide medical miracles such as these robotic devices to help people with disabilities who use a wheelchair to be able to walk on their own. Here are five of those robotic medical miracles that are either available now or in the very near future.

Posted by Tessa Jan 13, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 6 Comments