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Pakistani student designs world’s first voice controlled wheelchair

Islamabad, A Pakistani engineering student has designed an automated wheelchair-the first of its kind in the world which is controlled by smartphone and voice command, local media reported.

Faaiz Arbab, a student of MS electrical engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), has designed 'GOBEE' to assist the physically challenged people through smart technologies integrated into the wheelchair.

GOBEE can connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi allowing its user to control it even if they are 100 feet away from the wheelchair.

Additional features of the wheelchair include an anti-rusting and water repellent body with alloy rim wheels combined with a sofa seat that has an anti-sweat technology.

The initial price of the wheelchair is US $770, but the designers hope its price will be reduced when produced on a mass level.

In future, the product may also be exported after its compliance with International Health Regulations (IHR) of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Arbab has urged the government and state departments to help his team produce this innovative machine on commercially.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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