Towards Early Mobility Independence: An Intelligent Paediatric Wheelchair with Case Studies

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Title: Towards Early Mobility Independence: An Intelligent Paediatric Wheelchair with Case Studies
Authors: Soh, H
Demiris, Y
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Standard powered wheelchairs are still heavily dependent on the cognitive capabilities of users. Unfortunately, this excludes disabled users who lack the required problem-solving and spatial skills, particularly young children. For these children to be denied powered mobility is a crucial set-back; exploration is important for their cognitive, emotional and psychosocial development. In this paper, we present a safer paediatric wheelchair: the Assistive Robot Transport for Youngsters (ARTY). The fundamental goal of this research is to provide a key-enabling technology to young children who would otherwise be unable to navigate independently in their environment. In addition to the technical details of our smart wheelchair, we present user-trials with able-bodied individuals as well as one 5-year-old child with special needs. ARTY promises to provide young children with early access to the path towards mobility independence.
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2012
Copyright Statement: © 2012 The Authors.
Conference Name: IROS Workshop on Progress, Challenges and Future Perspectives in Navigation and Manipulation Assistance for Robotic Wheelchairs
Conference Location: Algarve, Portugal.
Publication Status: Published
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Appears in Collections:Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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