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AIST Develops 'Intelligent' Electronic Wheelchair with Next-generation Graphic Sensing System
 

 Tokyo (9/21) - A unique 360-degree camera helps AIST's new 'intelligent' wheelchair avoid collisions.
Tokyo, Sept 21, 2006 (JCN) - Japan's 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.

The wheelchair will be displayed at the 33rd Annual Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition (H.C.R) from September 27-29.

By Sarah Hall Staff Writer

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