Technology: Robot helper for disabled workers

日期:2019-03-02 02:12:05 作者:颜瑙纲 阅读:

By MAX GLASKIN Using this personal computer anyone who can operate a joystick, a roller ball or a chin switch will be able to do computer-based jobs such as CAD, word processing or accountancy. Its manufacturer, Oxford Intelligent Machines (OxIM), has designed the system for use by people with a disability that prevents them using normal office equipment. OxIM has sold two of the workstations, one to a rehabilitation centre in Paris and one to a centre in Hoor, Sweden. ‘There is a potential market for up to 5000 units,’ says Colin Upton of OxIM, ‘and we have no rivals. When volumes increase the price could fall to £20 000.’ The operator has a control switch, which can be as simple as a left/right stick, with an infrared link to an ordinary PC running Windows. As the screen scrolls through the menus for action, moving the control picks an item. The PC communicates with office equipment such as the telephone, printer, photocopier, stapler, scanner and fax machine, and with a robot arm that can pick up individual sheets of paper, books and discs,