August 14, 2003

iBot Wheelchair gets FDA approval

The world is never the same if you are forced to live it from a wheelchair....while shopping, products on the top shelf are out of reach, while meeting people you are always at belt level.

No longer....Dean Kamen's iBot Wheelchair has been approved by the FDA. A radical and ingenious design, it can go up and down curbs, climb stairs, AND raise you up on 2 wheels to a standup height.

Here's a nice 10 minute video clip of it in action, just prior to it's FDA submission.

You'll also notice that this design is a direct precursor to the Segway scooter - all of the balancing electronics and algorithms are a direct descendant.....

Dean Kamen scores another victory.

Posted by answerguru at August 14, 2003 07:19 AM | TrackBack
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