Students Create Smart Wheelchair That Won't Let You Do Anything Stupid

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At about 39 seconds into this video we can see a wheelchair powered by an XBox 360 controller. If that isn’t cool enough, keep watching. This wheelchair will respond to human commands but it filters them to ensure that the driver doesn’t roll down stairs or into a wall.

Based at Case Western University in Cleveland, the project is also looking into voice-controlled chairs that respond intelligently to their environment. For example, you can tell the chair to “Go to the vending machine” and it will roll you over there, opening doors, calling elevators, and shooting bad guys on the way. Weird, wild stuff.