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Western Michigan University

2018

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Virtual Reality Power Chair Simulator For Human Operator Modeling And Tremor Filtering, Rick Meyer Apr 2018

Virtual Reality Power Chair Simulator For Human Operator Modeling And Tremor Filtering, Rick Meyer

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA) Recipients

Approximately 180,000 persons who have a need for a powered wheelchair (PWC) suffer from Parkinson's’ hand tremor that makes it difficult, even potentially dangerous, for them to operate it. Persons with hand tremor that attempt to operate a PWC have to try to compensate for their tremor, which may not be realistically possible if the tremor is severe enough. Hand tremor can lead to sudden changes in PWC joystick commands that could result in unsafe PWC movements and collisions resulting in injury and/or property damage. These tremor sufferers are candidates for an assistive PWC. As a step ...