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UTAMU Students Design Luganda Voice-Command Control Unit for Motorized Wheel Chairs

Two finalists in the computing school at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), Nalujjumwa Tessa Tracy and Jonathan Nyanga have designed a Luganda voice-commanded Low-Cost Control Unit for motorized wheel chairs.

Nalujjumwa Tessa Tracy and Jonathan Nyanga (middle) with their supervisors.

Using an Arduino micro-controller, a few motors, microphone and deep-learning algorithms, the two developers were able to have a few keywords recognized by their system, which in turn rotated the motors accordingly.

According to Tracy, they were motivated by the increasing number of People with Disabilities (PWDs) in the country that face impaired mobility.

A Luganda voice-commanded Low-Cost Control Unit for motorized wheel chairs.

With this project, they intend to increase the independence of People with Severe Physical Impairments while catering for the low-earning natives to whom imported motorized wheel chairs are expensive.

 

Nalujjumwa Tessa Tracy (right) and Jonathan Nyanga (left), the developers of the innovation.

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