Research: Projects


  • David Reinkensmeyer
  • Office Location: 3225 Engineering Gateway
  • Office: 949.824.5218
  • Fax: 949.824.8585

Smart Wheelchair

A motorized wheelchair that uses robotic-assistance techniques and a smart-control algorithm teaches children with sever motor and cognitive disabilities to steer. A robotic joystick mounted on the chair guides the user's hand in steering. A camera on the front of the wheelchair sends data to a computer mounted on the back; the computer relays that information to the robot assistant, allowing it to continuously sense the child's performance. As the child's skill level rises, the robot reduces its steering assistance.