Traditional wheelchairs may increase the mobility of handicapped individuals, but only in basic ways; the Chiba Tech Robotic Wheelchair, however, introduces a whole new range of movement that will increase people's independence even more. In addition to typical capabilities, this accessible seating will allow users to cope with uneven surfaces and tight spaces. More than that, the wheel function more like legs, which can be operated to climb stairs.
Developed by researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology, led by Shuro Nakajima, the Chiba Tech Robotic Wheelchair is still in its prototype stage. While it is equipped with a variety of sensors to detect the layout of a room and modify its movements accordingly, these movements still require a bit of finessing.