Amazing All Terrain Wheelchair For Vets
Segway Inventor Dean Kaman's All Terrain Wheelchair for Wounded Veterans
Source: Dean Kamen & Mobius Mobility
New Hampshire based inventor Dean Kamen, famous for his Segway scooter, has created a new version of his iBOT personal mobility vehicle: an all terrain wheelchair to provide mobility to wounded veterans. On this Memorial Day, he is engaged in a national bus tour to bring iBOT wheelchairs to Veterans Administration medical centers. It's called the Operation Mobility Tour.
Operation Mobility Tour
The tour will make stops at 25 VA medical centers specializing in spinal cord injuries by the end of the summer. 50 wheelchairs are being donated to the medical centers: one for training and a second for a wounded veteran. This effort is a partnership between the non-profit SoldierStrong and Mobius Mobility, which is the company behind the iBOT.
Highly Advanced Technology
Unlike a standard wheelchair, iBOT uses highly advanced technologies. It has a four wheel function that allows the user to gently go up and down stairs, travel on uneven and soft terrain like the beach and a self-balancing standing mode that puts the user at eye level with those around them. It costs $30,000. Kamen and his team hope that by putting the vehicle directly into the hands of doctors at VA hospitals, the benefits of the high tech wheelchair will become very apparent for wounded veterans and others.