Designed to plug into any motorized wheelchair, the Wheelie 7 lets people control their wheelchair with just facial expressions. Created by Hoobox Robotics, a company that utilizes facial recognition and AI to improve human well-being, the Wheelie 7 features underlying Intel technology, thanks to a partnership with Intel's AI for Good division. The adapter kit can easily plug into any motorized wheelchair and as the name suggests, takes about seven minutes to attach and deploy.
The facial tracking technology driving the Wheelie 7 utilizes Intel RealSense computer vision to capture and 3D-map different facial expressions. This technology is paired with a powerful onboard mini-computer that interprets signals from the AI in near real-time. The Wheelie 7 can recognize five facial expressions, each associated with a different directional command, but can also be taught to track up to 10 different expressions.