A few years ago, Paulo Pinheiro, a recent PhD graduate in AI and robotics noticed a girl at an airport who could neither move her hands nor legs and was constantly dependent on another person to move the wheelchair. At one point, she had a big smile on her face and he thought….voila! ‘What if she could use her facial expressions to tell her wheelchair where to go?’ The idea of HOOBOX, a company that would use AI to help the handicapped navigate the world more autonomously and comfortably, was thus born!
At CES this year, come see the Intel-powered HOOBOX solution – the Wheelie – it removes the complexity of mobility for SCI patients, restoring autonomy, and self-esteem. With an Intel® RealSense™ camera and specialized AI algorithms, the Wheelie detects 11 diﬀerent facial expressions, such as a kiss, smile, frown etc., and translates them into motorized wheelchair controls, with the help of an Intel® NUC Mini PC that is mounted on the chair. The interpretation is done in real time using the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit, and it is fast enough to execute a responsive motion change for both a comfortable experience and user safety. Try it for yourself at our Intel booth at Tech East, inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall booth #10048. Also, come hear about Paulo’s story of taking an idea from a concept to reality at the Spotlight stage with “The Power of Expression: Using Intel AI to Improve Lives” 1/9 at 11am, 1/10 at 1:30pm, and 1/11 at 10:45am. Visit the Intel booth for details.