Robo-Wheelchair Can Go Up Stairs [Video]
This prototype from the Chiba Institute of Technology has 4-wheel drive and uses its wheels as legs to get up steps and overcome obstacles.
Scientists from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan have developed a robotic wheelchair that can go up steps and traverse a variety of obstacles. DigInfo reports that it rolls along on its wheels as normal, controlled using a joystick, and automatically assesses the surrounding terrain. When it senses a step, ramp, or ditch, it uses its wheels as legs to overcome the uneven ground, adjusting the seat to keep it level.
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