Chiba Robotic Wheelchair uses its wheels as legs

Prof. Shuro Nakajima and his team members at the Chiba Institute of Technology has developed a Robotic Wheel Chair to climb steps and overcome theobstacles on its path. It normally works on wheels, and when any obstacles are sensed, the robot uses its wheels as legs to go pass it.

This robotic wheelchair is equipped with four autonomous wheels on five axes. The user has to just use the joystick for driving the robot in all the directions, and other things are automatically assessed and moved by robot according to the surrounding. Besides when the robot moves on rougher terrain or slope, the stability systems help to adjust the level of seat for providing the most comfortable travel for the user.

The wheels of this robotic wheelchair are incorporated with sensors for sensing the obstacles. An on board computer helps to evaluate whether it is possible to overcome the obstacle. If the robot wrongly judges an obstacle, then the variable wheel torque will assist the power for surpassing that obstacle. It can even move on narrow spaces with its lineup of wheels, and extends the stabilizers to turn a circle.

This robotic wheel chair is under concept phase, and the research team believes that it will be out for the test with a variety of peoples to fine tune the user experience.

Overall, Robotic Wheelchair from Chiba Tech could be a great traveling device for the disabled persons, and I personally feel that it is one of the most useful robotic inventions of this year.

You can watch the astonishing performance of Chiba Robotic Wheelchair in the below video:

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