Simple gesture recognition to assist in controlling a powered wheelchair

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This short paper describes some initial work to create a simple hand gesture recognition system for a powered wheelchair. It is employed to assist people with mobility issues to drive a powered wheelchair. It replaces a standard joystick with hand gestures. Infrared sensors detect simple gestures and they are categorized in order to assist in driving a powered wheelchair. Some initial technical testing and results are described.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)294-296
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Intelligent Mobility
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2013


  • Wheelchair, Assist, Driving, Sensor, Infrared, Gesture


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