Intel artificial intelligence helps people with restricted mobility take control of their lives

Based on Intel artificial intelligence technology, HOOBOX Robotics has developed the Wheelie 7* toolkit, which allows people to control their wheelchairs through simple facial expressions. Currently, more than 60 people in the United States are testing Wheelie 7, and most of them are people with quadriplegia, people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the elderly.

Based on Intel artificial intelligence technology, HOOBOX Robotics has developed the Wheelie 7* toolkit, which allows people to control their wheelchairs through simple facial expressions. Currently, more than 60 people in the United States are testing Wheelie 7, and most of them are people with quadriplegia, people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the elderly.

“Today is’International Day of Persons with Disabilities.’ On this occasion, how to use technology to help people regain mobility and control their personal lives is a very worthy issue. The Wheelie 7 toolkit developed by HOOBOX Robotics provides us with a For example, it uses the power of artificial intelligence to allow people with limited mobility to control wheelchair activities through facial expressions.”-Anna Bethke, head of social welfare artificial intelligence in Intel’s artificial intelligence department.

Intel artificial intelligence helps people with restricted mobility take control of their lives
People with limited mobility control their wheelchairs through facial expressions

It only takes seven minutes to install the Wheelie 7 kit. Users can choose from ten facial expressions and use these expressions to control the electric wheelchair to move forward, turn and stop. Unlike intrusive human sensors, Wheelie 7 transmits data streams by installing 3D Intel® RealSense™ Depth Camera SR300 on the wheelchair, and then uses AI algorithms for real-time processing to achieve control of the wheelchair. At the same time, in order to respond to facial expressions in real time, HOOBOX uses Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® OpenVINO™ toolkit to speed up the inference speed of facial recognition software.

Intel artificial intelligence helps people with restricted mobility take control of their lives
Facial recognition software recognizes facial expressions

Dr. Paulo Pinheiro, co-founder and CEO of HOOBOX Robotics, said: “Wheelie 7 is the first product that uses facial expressions to control a wheelchair. This requires extremely high precision and accuracy. Without the support of Intel® technology, this This product cannot be realized. We will help people regain control of their lives.”

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center) estimates, there are approximately 288,000 people in the United States suffering from spinal cord injury, and approximately 17,700 new patients are added each year. A 2018 study found that limited physical activity has the most serious impact on the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries. Generally speaking, if you want to move through an electric wheelchair, the patient needs to place complex sensors on the body, learn special operating methods, or rely on nursing staff. Wheelie 7 allows users to act independently and control their lives through AI technology and cameras, rather than intrusive human sensors.

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