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Wheelchair technology advances

We all know that some of the finest electronics come from Japan. Now its the turn of the wheelchair to get some attention of some electronic wizardry.

The inventors of the new robot wheelchair have used a number of electronic sensors to feed the onboard computer with enough information to help the wheelchair detect near by obstacles and take them in its stride. Quite literally this wheelchair can maintain a level seat for the user while climbing over obstacles including steps and kerbs.

This groundbreaking and exciting technology is being developed by a team at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. The four-wheel-drive, five-axis wheelchair moves like a typical wheelchair – except when it encounters an obstacle. It's then able to use its wheels like legs.
Lead engineer, Shuro Nakajima, commented: “Each of the four wheels is independent of one another, so they can react independently when the chair comes across some sort of step.


They aren’t tied into responding in the same way at the same time.”
“This means it can climb - whether it approaches the step straight on or at an angle, it’s fine either way. In that sense, we’ve really pushed wheelchair technology forward.”
With further testing and a few tweaks we hope it wont be long before this electric robot wheelchair is available.

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