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Mobility with Facial Gestures: AI-motorized Wheelchair
Artificial intelligence never fails in stirring up curiosity in people’s mind. The relevance of technology shows a positive approach toward improving their lives thereby overcoming their challenges too.
According to the statistical estimation by National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, around 288,000 people are living with spinal cord injury. Compared to other industries, the need for artificial intelligence technologies is high for disabled people.
The recent evolution of artificial intelligence has intrigued the lives of disabled people directly. It was mainly the collaboration between Intel and HOOBOX Robotics, which made attempts in the designs and the eventual creation of the world’s first motorized wheelchair concept analyzed through the facial expression of the respective person.
HOOBOX Robotics tried to harness the power of Intel’s AI technology. HOOBOX Robotics decided to produce wheelie 7, the first motorized wheelchair that accepts instructions through facial gestures. The latest incarnation provided along with the kit helps the wheelchair to move forward, turn, and stop without dealing with body sensors.
Hoobox includes the 3D Intel RealSense Depth camera SR300 in the kit. The camera mounted on the wheelchair in order to sense the data streaming once the user makes the facial gesture. Facial gestures include a full and half smile, a wrinkled eyebrow, a kissing gesture, and tongue out gestures too.
Intel’s OpenVINO has many deployment skills, modern optimizer, and inference search engine algorithms. Using these paramount, Intel helps in real life application to tackle the human need rapidly without any delay. Wheelie 7 kit from Hoobox Robotics highly benefits the disabled to move using simple facial expressions. The wheelie 7 kits remain as a good example of the usage of AI in human life.
Anna Bethke, leader of AI for social good at Intel mentions good reviews about using the Wheelie 7 equipment. The equipment takes hardly seven minutes for installation.
The usage of wheelie 7 equipment doesn’t need any specialized training. Any disabled person can use wheelie 7 packages with ease. Setting up wheelie 7 kits is also simple. The disabled person also need not spend hours setting up the equipment.