Technology has come a long way in helping people with disabilities. However, the most recent invention is a real advancement for those who have trouble or cannot walk. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has created the iWheelchair. This wheelchair is equipped with a tablet, in which the user can enforce a demand. This tablet on this wheelchair can connect to several different electronic devices in a person’s home. There is also an electronic switch, which can be used for those that have problems with their hands. The wheelchair also monitors the person’s health and allows them to send emails if they are in need.
The iWheelchair can really help those who struggle to walk. It provides them the ability to be able to use this wheelchair for a variety of different things and it makes it more convenient for them rather than needing assistance from someone else. Also, the wheelchair allows the user to communicate with their family if they are in need. The user doesn’t need to keep track of where their cell phone is. They can just send an email or alert if they are in need. In addition, since the wheelchair is able to monitor a person’s health, it is easier to see how someone is doing on a day to day basis. This wheelchair has many features that is very accommodating to its user and their loved ones. The iWheelchair allows the person using the wheelchair to live their own life and it takes some of the burden off of their loved ones.
Although this wheelchair is very beneficial to its users and society, I think that the article overlooked a few things. First of all, if the tablet were to break down or shut down, there would be no way for the user to enforce basic functions on the wheelchair, let alone complex ones. The user would be stuck and would have no way to call for help unless they have a phone on them. In addition, if someone were to hack into the tablet, they could send faulty emails and scare the family of the user of the wheelchair. There may be unnecessary emails or emails that don’t apply to the user or their family. One other thing that this article overlooked is how the user’s health is monitored. If the functionality of being able to detect health signals on the wheelchair fails, the wheelchair could be giving incorrect readings and make the user seem more or less healthy than they really are. In conclusion, the iWheelchair has so many benefits for society, but the creators need to make sure that they reduce the risk of error.