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People with disabilities given tech boost at CES

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By ITN News Editor January 10, 2019 12:12

People with disabilities given tech boost at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has been known more for its fun gadgets and entertainment advancements than public health and medical technology, but this year, companies showed that Artificial Intelligence and advanced camera tech can be used to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Intel and Hoobox Robotics showed off a wheelchair that can be controlled using facial expressions. The Wheelie 7 is a kit that can attach to any motorized wheelchair and allow the user to use expressions ranging from a smile to pursed ‘kissy’ lips to control it. An Intel ‘RealSense’ camera is at the heart of the technology – it reads the user’s face and streams data that AI algorithms process in real time to control the chair.Hoobox CEO Paulo Pinheiro came up with the idea when he saw a girl with what he called a ‘great smile’ in a wheelchair at the airport while he was waiting for a flight. He knew he could use his company’s robotics experience to let her control her wheelchair with her smile.Esight showcased its electronic glasses for visually impaired people, and announced it was reducing the price of the glasses by 40% to $5,950.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 10, 2019 12:12

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