Intelligent wheelchair controlled by Vaio UX50

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo has a great rep for coming out with all manner of useless, but cool, gadgets, which makes its recent unveiling of a prototype "intelligent" wheelchair something of a first.

The robotic assistant uses an amazing array of 36 cameras on a stick to feed a 360-degree view to a Sony Vaio UX50 mounted in front of the user, an arrangement the Institute is branding in Japanese as an "all-direction stereo system" or "SOS" for short.

Aside from the all-round scope, the chair has Wi-Fi to send data and images to remote displays, the ability to message cell phones to summon help if necessary, and can be controlled by a rider's hand gestures to, for example, move forward to grab that can of Asahi Super Dry off the table. Most fun of all, it can even be remote controlled, opening up Japan's wheelchair users to all sorts of japery.

Intelligent Wheelchair
Intelligent Wheelchair

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

J Mark Lytle

Digital World Tokyo
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?