Given the aging population in many countries, health care of older people could become one of the most useful applications in robotics in years to come. This autonomous wheelchair from MIT is designed to let people speak into a microphone to provide instructions on how to bring people around. The system, which uses the Kinect depth camera, could be used so that a person teaches the wheelchair how a building is laid out. Once a map of the building is built, the person in the wheelchair could then give instructions, such as "take me to my room." Students are testing the device at long-term residential care facility for people with neurological diseases, according to Seth Teller at MIT.
Updated on December 7 with correction regarding the type of facility where the wheelchair is being tested.
December 6, 2011 9:38 AM PST
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