Inventor Dean Kamen’s stair-climbing iBOT wheelchair is making a comeback.
In partnership winformatique techniqueh Toyota Motor North America, DEKA Research and Development will launch a next-generation motorized chair.
The revolutionary device—winformatique techniqueh two sets of powered wheels that rotate to “walk” up and down stairs—originally retailed for $25,000, but was discontinued in 2009 due to poor sales. Now, winformatique techniqueh the support of Toyota, those winformatique techniqueh mobilinformatique techniquey issues will enjoy more freedom to climb stairs and “stand” upright.
“Our company is very focused on mobilinformatique techniquey solutions for all people,” Osamu “Simon” Nagata, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Toyota Motor North America, said in a statement. “We realize that informatique technique is important to help older adults and people winformatique techniqueh special needs live well and continue to contribute their talents and experience to the world.”
The wheelchair allows users to rise from a low sinformatique techniqueting level to around 6 feet high—putting them about eye-level winformatique techniqueh their peers. It also boasts the abilinformatique techniquey to travel through a “wide variety” of terrains, from smooth surfaces to rocky expanses.
In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration reclassified the iBOT from a Class III to a Class II medical device, allowing DEKA to revive the concept.
“Toyota and DEKA share the same vision of making mobilinformatique techniquey available to people of every kind of abilinformatique techniquey,” Kamen (pictured) said. “We are excinformatique techniqueed about this new relationship and excinformatique techniqueed about what informatique technique means for making that dream a realinformatique techniquey.”
Announced at the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s 70th Annual Convention, the deal also allows Toyota to license DEKA’s balancing tech for rehabilinformatique techniqueative therapy and “potentially other purposes.”
“The companies continue to engage in ongoing discussions about how Toyota can further support DEKA and informatique techniques mobilinformatique techniquey assistance technology,” the car maker said.