Toyota Motor North America has teamed up with DEKA to revive the idea of a mechanical iBOT wheelchair. Both companies plan to develop a completely new version of this product, which will be even better than its predecessor, and above all to cost much less.
Wheelchairs, even those motorized, are not very functional because their biggest disadvantage is that the user is constantly sitting, which limits his ability. When shopping, you can not reach for items on the higher shelf yourself, and at home, the same problem makes it difficult to prepare meals.
Its solution can be created 10 years ago iBot, a motorized wheelchair, which thanks to two sets of adjustable wheels, can float to the level of a person standing. The user then gains a much wider range of motion, since his head is at a height of about 180 cm.
IBOT developed by Independence Technology division of Johnson & Johnson, was established in cooperation with DEKA and although it was well received by professionals, its production ended in 2009 for business reasons. The truck cost as much as $ 25,000, with insurance covering only $ 5-6,000, so potential customers simply could not afford to buy such a device.