CEATEC, or the Cutting Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive exhibition is currently underway in Makuhari Messe, Japan. The exhibition is organized so that innovative and creative individuals, as well as companies, may have a collective space where they can show off and compare their latest technologies. If you check out the exhibition, you will find anything from robotic exoskeletons running on manpower, to electric fires, holographic optical elements, smartwatches and even a smart wheelchair. The Whill Smart Wheelchair should be the first CEATEC highlight we examine because the purpose of the vehicle is to help people live easier lives, unburdened by inabilities and obstacles. The Whill Smart Wheelchair is actually a Kickstarter project that has not long ago reached its goal and the CEATEC unveiling is its first major public appearance.
While the Whill smart wheelchair is quite the heavy vehicle, it has a compact form factor and it can be easily controlled as well as deposited by the user. The smart wheelchair has an internal rechargeable battery which can go for up to 20 miles on a single charge. The maximum speed of the smart wheelchair is 10 mph, with the Japanese version having a 6 mph limit. The smart wheelchair can go up steep hills, and allows the user to set their own speeds. The Whill Smart Wheelchair also features blue and red LED lights for your convenience and for others as well. Many are calling Whill’s new machine the world’s most advanced personal mobility device, with state of the art 4WD wheel technology that allows for a tight turning radius of 28′. A sliding seat, flexible arm and a design that allows for accessories to be attached are also seen on the mobility device. The wheelchair has a controller available in three different variants: a mouse, a joystick or an ergonomic controller. You can connect the smart wheelchair to an iPhone through an app and remotely control its movements.
The Whill Smart Wheelchair has a hefty price tag of $7000, because it is a solid, industrial-like vehicle which promises ruggedness and durability, as well as an increased amount of mobility for people in need. While the price of the smart wheelchair is pretty steep, in the future manufacturers might ease up once the technology used in such machines will become cheaper. You can already purchase the Whill Smart Wheelchair in the U.S., and it will also be up for sale in Japan soon.