This device allows disables uses to control a wheelchair using only facial expressions
For those with disabilities that limit their range of motion, wheelchairs and other devices often help them go about their everyday lives.
That being said, many disabled individuals do not have full use of their limbs or other appendages that traditionally control a manual or motorized wheelchair.
Engineers and researchers at HOOBOX created a wheelchair operation system that allows its operator to control it via facial expression. The system can be added to any motorized wheelchair.
The wheelchair is controlled with gestures that translate into commands such as turn left, turn right, stop, etc. Facial expressions are translated in real time so the wheelchair can be controlled with absolute precision.
To control the wheelchair, users can choose between nine different facial expression such as smiling, raising their eyebrows, and kissing. In addition, HOOBOX notes that the chair has little to no learning curve and that it can be set up in only seven minutes!
By eliminating the need for a body sensor or special training, The Wheelie is able to enhance the autonomy and self-esteem of its operator. Empowering disabled users and working to improve their quality of life is HOOBOX’s primary mission, and this innovative wheelchair operation system certainly fulfills this mission.
The Wheelie’s facial recognition technology is so advanced that it can detect drowsiness, agitation levels, sedation levels, pain, and spasms. The technology is so precise that it can even sense a sneeze before it occurs.
If you or someone you know has a disability that limits their mobility, The Wheelie may be the perfect solution.