Have you heard of Google Glass ?
One of the more recent gadgets that's aiming to change things is the invention of google glass - yes a pair of glasses with a built in computer allowing you to do a multitude of things using just your eyes to control things and not your fingers !
Efforts are already being made to use this device to help folk with disabilities thanks to Google Glass Explorer contest where techies and engineers alike are asked what they can do with this new gadget.
One contestant has used eye tracking software that is based on a web cam to control various items including a wheelchair ! This makes the technology more realistically affordable as the glasses are within some users affordability. It will only work on powerchairs and takes over the control that is generally provided by the joystick assembly.
Powerchair and electric wheelchair users will don the glasses and see many things including a visual controlled wheelchair throttle control, a stop function and of course steerage. These controls will allow most wheelchair and power chair users to go about their usual routes and leave their hands free if needs be
The man who has applied this new technology is called Steve McHugh and he is hoping to win some funding to make this exciting new development for more electric wheelchair and powerchair users.