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An Intelligent Powered Wheelchair to Enable Mobility of Cognitively Impaired Older Adults: An Anticollision System

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4 Author(s)
Mihailidis, A. ; Toronto Univ., Ont. ; Elinas, P. ; Boger, J. ; Hoey, J.

Older adults with cognitive impairments are generally prohibited from using powered wheelchairs, because of the high risk of collisions with people and objects. This paper describes and presents the preliminary results of a system that uses an infrared sensor to provide anticollision and a prompting system for a powered wheelchair that helps guide the user safely past obstacles. Trials with the prototyped system detected collisions and stopped the chair in 95% of trials with an object and generated no false alarms

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Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 1 )