Toyota is bringing again Dean Kamen's stair-climbing wheelchair
Keep in mind Dean Kamen’s iBot wheelchair? Its uniquely adjustable wheel orientation gave sufferers the liberty to climb stairs and successfully stand upright, however its excessive worth ($25,000) knocked it off the market in 2009. Properly, it is poised for a comeback: Toyota is partnering with Dean Kamen’s DEKA to develop the subsequent era of iBot. Neither firm is committing to a launch date, however they’ve proven a well-known-wanting prototype (under) that provides a touch of what to anticipate.
This is not nearly giving Kamen’s know-how a second shot. The deal additionally lets Toyota license DEKA’s balancing tech for each rehab remedy and “probably different functions.” In different phrases, you may see iBot tech discover its method into different well being care units, private transport and even robots. It doesn’t matter what, that is excellent news for the wheelchair-sure who need to take pleasure in extra freedom.