Wheelchair and mobility interfaces – In2tec’s HMI solutions for enhanced user experience
Power wheelchairs, scooters and mobility devices can transform the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities and the elderly, providing more independence than ever before. The technology to accommodate these communities has advanced considerably since the mid-20th century, giving people with disability greater functionality in everyday operations. In2tec’s Smart HMI technology takes this one step further by creating lightweight interfaces with highly responsive features, improving the functionality and user experience of wheelchair and mobility interfaces.
Greater design flexibility with flexible electronics
As the leading technology solutions provider and innovator in Sustainable Electronics and Smart HMI, at In2tec we create solutions built on the latest in sustainable Flexi-hibrid™ technology and underpinned with highly recyclable electronic assemblies that utilise advanced and patented flexible electronics that address packaging constraints, function, and aesthetics. In the past traditional, rigid electronics have forced designers to create devices around the needs of their circuit boards, rather than their users. With flexible electronics, these limitations can remain in the past.
Nowhere is this more important than in mobility interfaces and devices that can require different specifications designed to suit the individual’s needs. By using In2tec’s flexible circuit boards, devices can be personalised with interfaces to suit user preferences, making them more intuitive and user-friendly where it matters the most.
Enhanced control for people with disabilities
Thanks to our multitude of interface capabilities, including haptic feedback, capacitive touch capabilities and visual displays, In2tec HMIs are able to give a high level of control to users of mobility devices. Able to process complex touch gestures through capacitive touch and give real-time feedback through haptics, the mobility device can be adjusted to suit the user’s needs, comfort and well-being. This means interfaces can be designed specifically with the user in mind.
Provides real-time feedback and data monitoring
Further to these improvements in user experience, In2tec HMIs allow individuals, plus carers, guardians or practitioners to monitor user data in real-time, providing practical functionality to make the mobility device so much more than a mobility aid. For some users, such health monitoring is vital and necessary for their well-being; being able to see data like heart rates or blood sugar levels in real-time through integrated monitoring devices enables health provision for users.
Improved safety features
As we’ve already alluded to, Smart HMIs can be tailored for specific functionality, with capabilities such as proximity sensors integrated to enhance situational awareness. With a proximity sensor connected to the interface, the user can be safer and more aware of their surroundings, especially with integrated haptic feedback which provides the user with a tactile response when there is a danger of collision, which may be necessary for hearing-impaired users.
It’s never been easier to design mobility devices with interfaces that suit you and your users with In2tec. The versatile utility of In2tec’s Smart HMIs makes them the ideal choice for wheelchair and mobility interfaces.
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