Have you ever seen a person in a wheelchair and secretly felt just a
little bit jealous? Well if you haven't before then you will now. The
folks over at Hitachi ave designed a new robot, dubbed Robot for
Personal Intelligent Transport
System or ROPITS for short, that is designed to help the differently
abled to get around in some seriously high tech style.
which is used in conjunction with a tablet (or a smart phone if you
prefer) will allow the end user to trace their path and control the
movement with simple gestures. For the most part however the user need
only set a destination on the map and then the robot chair will do the
rest. It has built in path planning software built in.
The system uses a
tri-fold system to ensure that the robot chair does not go into the
middle of the street or careen into a neighborhood child. The systems
first line of defense is GPS, which is used to determine where the chair
and the destination are located. The system then uses a pair of cameras
and laser range finders to avoid local obstacles, like pedestrians,
signs and the like.
For now the bot is still in testing.
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