Wheelchair users should get mad props for tirelessly dealing with the tasks of life that go smoother with two feet. Despite milestones such as the Americans With Disabilities Act, there are some things that laws cannot easily fix. Take grocery shopping, for example. Such a straightforward task becomes a burdensome chore when one must deal with propelling both a wheelchair and a produce-filled shopping cart up and down the aisles of the local mega-mart.
Thanks to designer Luis de Matos of Portugal, and Microsoft’s miracle-working Kinect sensor, shopping may become a little easier for wheelchair users. He’s invented a grocery cart of sorts, which he calls the “wi-GO”, that literally follows you around. The wi-GO consists of a motorized cart with a laptop and Kinect sensor that tracks the wheelchair and follows close behind. The wi-GO was developed with wheelchair users in mind, but the system would also work well with the elderly and pregnant.
It’s like having your own personal assistant, although the wi-GO is probably cheaper and complains less!
(hat tip: Engadget)