Wheelchair with cloud connectivity launched in Japan
Thursday, 03 August, 2017
WHILL KK, a Japanese company specialising in innovative products for the mobility industry, has launched a new wheelchair for personal mobility. The wheelchair features cloud connectivity based on a 3G cellular module from u-blox, a global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips.
The next-generation WHILL Model C is a personal electric vehicle that combines a sleek design with innovative functionality, enabling users to live an active lifestyle. Sturdy and compact, with two powerful electric motors and front omni wheels, it is said to manoeuvre equally well indoors and outdoors.
The u-blox 3G cellular module embedded in the wheelchair features worldwide UMTS/HSPA and GPRS/EDGE coverage. It also has a small footprint, enabling easy bolting on of a u-blox GNSS receiver such as the MAX 7C.
“WHILL believes in providing fun and smart transportation for everybody, and develops personal mobility devices that excel in design, comfort, safety and the latest technologies,” said Nishiki Hinohara, an electrical engineer at WHILL KK. “u-blox’s state-of-the-art, but also affordable, cellular technologies were just what we needed.”
“We are very proud of being featured in the WHILL Model C wheelchair,” added Tesshu Naka, country manager of u-blox Japan. “The collaboration with WHILL KK should help us strengthen our position in the Japanese market as a key player for healthcare applications where numerous complementary technologies are necessary.”
With WHILL KK currently looking into autonomous driving for people with disabilities, u-blox plans to contribute with wireless positioning and connectivity technology.
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