Cellular module embedded in personal mobility wheelchair

27th June 2017
Source: u-blox
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Cellular module embedded in personal mobility wheelchair

A Japanese company specialised in innovative products for the mobility industry, WHILL KK, has launched a new wheelchair for personal mobility featuring cloud connectivity based on a 3G cellular module from u-blox. The next-gen WHILL Model C embodies the next-gen of power wheelchairs for enhanced mobility. It is a personal electric vehicle that combines a sleek design with the latest innovative functionalities, enabling users to live an active lifestyle.

Sturdy and compact with two powerful electric motors and patented front Omni wheels, it maneuvers equally well indoors and outdoors.

The u-blox 3G cellular module embedded in WHILL Model C features worldwide UMTS/HSPA and GPRS/EDGE coverage with a small footprint also enabling easy and cost effective bolting-on of a u blox GNSS receiver such as the MAX 7C.

“WHILL believes in providing 'Fun and Smart Transportation for Everybody', and develops personal mobility devices that excel in design, comfort, safety and the latest technologies. u blox’s state of the art, but also affordable, cellular technologies were just what we needed,” said Nishiki Hinohara, Electrical Engineer at WHILL KK.

“We are very proud of being featured in the WHILL Model C wheelchair. The collaboration with WHILL KK. should help us strengthen our position in the Japanese market as a key player for healthcare applications where numerous complementary technologies are necessary,” explained Tesshu Naka, Country Manager of u-blox Japan.

As WHILL KK is looking into autonomous driving for people with disabilities, u-blox plans to contribute with wireless positioning and connectivity technology.

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