This paper represents the design of an Arduino based gesture controlled automated wheelchair. The design is developed with a gesture recognition system, which allows the physically disabled person to control the wheelchair by slight moment of finger who have issues in hand movement due to ageing or paralysis for joystick-controlled wheelchairs. The design also provides some additional features such as obstacle detection for the safe movement. To implement the design, Arduino Mega2560, ultra-sonic module, and motor controller circuits are used to drive the wheelchair. The designed wheelchair system does require a wearable sensor for obtaining the finger motion to control wheelchair movement (i.e. Accelerometer sensors). The proposed structure is relatively simple and cheaper that can benefit a huge population of ordinary people to have an automated wheelchair.