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Beyond the racing types, manufacturers have had a tough time making wheelchairs attractive, let alone sexy. However, Hitachi ROPITS (Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System) are likely to make even the able bodied envious.
It couldn’t be simpler: pick a destination on a smartphone or a tablet and let the pathfinding system do the rest. The robot can even come to its owner.
The 3.7mph traveling speed, makes it unlikely to present a safety issue for but, to be on the safe side, it’s also it’s also equipped with both a stereo camera and laser rangefinders to avoid collisions and gauge its position better than GPS alone.
Here it is in action:
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