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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To develop an intelligent wheelchair that uses a remote-controlled or autonomous operation for individuals with mobility disabilities. The Mobile Internet Connected Assistant (MICA), developed by Sven Rönnbäck of Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, utilizes a built-in distance-metering sensor to discover the surfaces that are available and that the wheelchair is being used in a safe manner. Individuals with severe mobility disabilities can use the head-controlled interface to instruct the machine where to go next. Additionally, the device and learn and store maps of an individual’s home, providing individuals with visual impairments the ability to move around freely without running into foreign objects. TITLE: Sweden develops MICA: the intelligent, autonomous wheelchair. AUTHOR: Darren Murph. WEBSITE: Engadget.com. REF: http://www.engadget.com/2006/12/17/sweden-develops-mica-the-intelligent-....
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