Now this is a cool video and something very neat a nice break away from Intel’s wearables campaign.  The wheelchair imagealso does biometrical information collection from the user, as well as mechanical information from the machine.  The team also built an application that allows wheelchair users to map and rate the accessibility of locations, and that’s would really be helpful for the wheelchair user to know ahead of time whether or not they would have access or if the wheelchair can handle it.

They could not have chosen anyone better than Stephen Hawking, the world famous physicist and this has to improve his quality of life a bit even though he’s pretty limited.   He cannot walk, or speak and move independently. 

He suffers from ALS and was diagnosed at a young age and was told he didn’t have many years to live but he’s still here with us many years later.  He’s been using speech technology to communicate for years.  There’s a small sensor on his glasses that helps him with his voice technology with his cheek muscles.  It’s just amazing he just keeps going.  BD 


“The Internet of Things can help change lives,” Krzanich said as he introduced a powerful video starring Stephen Hawking speaking from an IoT-connected wheelchair designed at Intel.  Hawking went on to describe how the Intel technology-based machine can increase mobility.

Through the Intel Collaborators program, a team of Intel engineering interns designed a custom platform that can transform standard wheelchairs into data-driven, connected machines. Using the Intel Galileo board and Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT, the team created a wheelchair that enables the collection of biometrical information from the user, as well as mechanical information from the machine, that can then be analyzed by stakeholders in the industry. The team also built an application that allows wheelchair users to map and rate the accessibility of locations, further enhancing the user experience.

http://blogs.intel.com/iot/2014/09/intel-iot-wheelchair-featured-idf14-opening-keynote/

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