NASA Spinoff Database: Voice Controlled Wheelchair

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1977
Reference Number: JPL-SO-54
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: Based on Teleoperator and Robot Technology for Space Related Programs

Voice controlled wheelchair and its manipulator can pick up packages, open doors, turn a TV knob, and perform a variety of other functions. Chair responds to 35 one-word voice commands such as go, stop, down, right, etc. System is a voice command analyzer which utilizes a mini-computer. Commands are taught by patient repeating them a number of times; thereafter analyzer recognizes commands only in patient's particular speech pattern. Computer translates commands into electrical signals which activate appropriate motors and cause desired motion of chair or manipulator.

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Page Number in Published book: 65

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