iBOT 4000® mobility system for disabled

A discontinued wheelchair using cutting-edge robotics to allow the disabled to stand up and walk up stairs

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New Hampshire
US United States
Web http://www.ibotnow.com/faqs_general.html
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About the project Edit

The Ibot 3000® was a new advanced mobility system that had unique functions allowing disabled to stand up. It was launched in 2006.
Its gyro-balanced system was designed to operate on four wheels or two wheels, stabilizing the user by instantly and automatically adjusting and balancing itself. Among its many design features was its ability to allow a seated user to move about at eye-level while balanced on two wheels.
Its rotating four-wheel base was designed to allow the user to climb stairs and traverse uneven and hilly terrain, such as grass, sand and rocky pathways. In its four-wheel operation the device was designed to climb over street curbs, while keeping the seated user level and balanced.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The system is the invention of Dean Kamen, founder of DEKA Research & Development Corp., Manchester, NH, with whom Johnson & Johnson partnered from 2001 on to develop the advanced mobility system as an FDA approved medical device. This technology makes use of sensors to continuously and automatically adjust the device to account for movement of the seat and the user's center of gravity. It is an integrated combination of electronic, sensor and software components. Backup systems have been designed to assure the safety of the user in all functions.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The iBOT was conceived to easily raise the disabled person to reach high shelves and countertops. It allowed the disabled to stand up, look theor colleaugues in the eye and walk up a flight of stairs. It allowed to go through transverse inclines up to 5 degrees and obstacles up to 1 inch. It also allowed to travel over uneven terrains and climb curbs up to 5 inches high.



What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Independence Technology L.L.C. is no longer selling and marketing the iBOT® Mobility System. But the Company remains committed to provide technical support and service to all iBOT® Mobility System owners through the end of 2013.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The system was designed by Dean Kamen to change people's lives. It is by working on the iBot 3000 mobility system that the company inadvertently discovered (and developed) the famous SEGWAY HT.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The model is discontinued. Originally, the INDEPENDENCE(TM) 3000 series was priced in the range of $20,000-$25,000.


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