Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a crippling disease which impairs the motor abilities of those affected. ALS makes it very difficult for victims of this disease to move around and they are usually confined to a bed or specialized wheelchair. Typical electric wheelchairs are operated by the user moving a joystick with their fingers. Someone with ALS would have trouble operating the joystick due to their impaired motor abilities which would prevent them from utilizing this kind of wheelchair. In an effort to improve the lives of ALS patients we want to create a new kind of wheelchair that is simple to operate.
This wheelchair is designed to semi-autonomously navigate the user’s home. With their eyes, the user will be able to select a target location from the floorplan of their home and the wheelchair will navigate itself there. The wheelchair will be able to make it to the destination quickly and safely. This semi-autonomous wheelchair will give independence back to people living with ALS by allowing them to navigate their own homes.
Video and Media
The 2015-2016 team showing the wheelchair autonomously navigating around a room then going through the door
The wheelchair going through a door
A demo video created by the 2014-2015 team showing basic features of the wheelchair
2015 – 2016
2014 – 2015