Photo credit: WHILL, Inc.
The Consumer Electronics Show, arguably the largest gathering of technology geeks, honored 14 assistive technologies at its 2023 show.
The CES Best of Innovation Award went to an electric powerchair that helps users navigate large, often crowded venues like parks, airports and hospitals. With the WHILL Autonomous Model A, a user selects the destination on a touch screen, hits start, and lets the chair do the rest. It uses advanced mapping technologies, the latest sensors, and automatic brakes to avoid obstacles and collisions. Reducing the need for airport staff/increasing independence … what’s not to like?
Other honorees included a bidet toilet lift to give mobility-impaired users privacy and dignity and a digital system to monitor and manage digestive disorders. There’s even a handheld smart makeup applicator! Check out the complete list in this AT Today article.
What new assistive technologies have you used or heard about? Please share! Email Rick Wyche, firstname.lastname@example.org