Intelligent Powered Wheelchair Assistance in Daily Use
Atsuhiro Nakamura*, Yasunari Fujimoto*, Osamu Nitta**,
and Toru Yamaguchi*
*Department of Information and Communications Systems Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 6-6 Asahigaoka, Hino, Tokyo 146-0091, Japan
**Department of Physical Therapy, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 7-2-10 Higashi-Oku, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo 116-8551, Japan
In answer to Japan’s rapidly aging society, whose rising number of older people mandates that care requirements for care recipients be minimized, we developed an intelligent powered wheelchair featuring four assistance functions – approach through gesture recognition, assistance in standing, walking assistance, and operational assistance through posture recognition. Experiments demonstrated the usefulness of the four assistance functions.
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