Real-Time Head Movement System and Embedded Linux Implementation for the Control of Power Wheelchairs

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Proceedings of the 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2004, pp. 4892 - 4895
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Mobility has become very important for our quality of life. A loss of mobility due to an injury is usually accompanied by a loss of self-confidence. For many individuals, independent mobility is an important aspect of self-esteem. Head movement is a natural form of pointing and can be used to directly replace the joystick whilst still allowing for similar control. Through the use of embedded LINUX and artificial intelligence, a hands-free head movement wheelchair controller has been designed and implemented successfully. This system provides for severely disabled users an effective power wheelchair control method with improved posture, ease of use and attractiveness
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