iBot wheelchair is returning as DEKA partners with Toyota.


iBot is a powered wheelchair which was invented by Dean Kamen, this development came about through the partnership between DEKA and Johnson’s Independence Technology about 16years ago.

iBot can climb stairs, balance on difficult terrain and can even lift whoever is seating on it to eye-level with other non-disabled persons. Its design was such that it aided individuals with limited mobility to a very great extent when it first came to the market. The only problem with it then was that, it was sold for an exorbitant amount of $25,000 of which medicare paid $5000, this drove it off the market.

Recently, Dean who is also the inventor of the Segway PT; a two-wheeled, self-balancing electrical vehicle, announced during the annual convention of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, that DEKA Research has come into partnership with Toyota to bring back to the market the iBot. This is cool right? Because it is comforting to know that the transportation industry shows concern for people at every level of physical ability. We just hope that with this new status they also consider the depth of the pockets of people from all walks of life.

DEKA Research & Development Corporation is a company based in New Hampshire, founded in 1982 by Dean Kamen. DEKA is an acronym derived from Dean Kamen.

DEKA’s mission is “to foster innovation.” Dean Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000 by then President Clinton for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide. In 2003, his “Project Slingshot,” a cheap portable water purification system, was named a runner-up for “coolest invention of 2003” by Time magazine.

Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. As of February 2016, Toyota is the 13th-largest company in the world by revenue. Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production) ahead of the Volkswagen Group and General Motors. In July of that year, the company reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle. Toyota is the world’s first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. It did so in 2012 according to OICA, and in 2013 according to company data. As of July 2014, Toyota was the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization and by revenue.

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