posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:33 PM
reply to post by Bedlam
You refer to the iBot which is also an improvement on the wheelchair, which can go up stairs. Also a great invention, although it's pretty bulky and
still keeps you in a seated position. Maybe these two inventors should get together?
reply to post by Vasa Croe
Looks like they are around $15K USD for one and went on sale in turkey last month. Story I read says they will be available to US and Europe
Once manufacturing in mass start the economies of scale would reduce unit costs. What you have now is a specialty item from one source.
reply to post by SavedOne
That is awesome!!! I watched a show years ago in which they were working on a wheelchair that could raise people up to a standing position and
many of them were brought to tears at being able to see and communicate with people at eye level. We all take it for granted, but having to view the
world from a seated position is disconnecting and borderline humiliating. It would be great to see that become a thing of the past.
I think that's the single greatest thing about this device, being able to "stand", and interact with the world in a more dignified position.
reply to post by Screwed
Regrow that dudes friggin' spine, then I'll be impressed.
be investing far more effort and money in stem cell research, the perhaps one day we can
regrow some dude's friggin spine!
Unfortunately irrational people who fear science have blocked stem cell research.
I refuse to be impressed with trickled down technology that placates us and causes us all to stand in wonderment.
Keep in mind Christopher Reeve spent the last years of his life waiting for that great technology that would let him walk again, and he died waiting.
I think he would have appreciated even an incremental step in the right direction.
reply to post by ofhumandescent
Nice to see people that are physically restricted now have real options - we need to be pouring more money into this type of research vs the
Couldn't agree more! Although to be fair to the military they do invest a great deal of money in medical research, due to the high number of injuries
from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. But that's only because they are also the number one proponent of constant warfare and the US defense budget is a
grotesque example of corporate welfare for the miltary-industrial complex of contractors, that robs us all of our humanity.
reply to post by speculativeoptimist
Here is a relative thread on Bionics that will be used to assist the disabled with mobility. It seems this Segway will be available sooner and
probably cost less. Man if there anything should be free, it is these devices that can make such huge differences in people's lives. I would much
rather some of my taxes go to these efforts than war.
I would bet the first buyers/users of these devices will be institutions, then perhaps corporations and governments, that provide them to their
employees, who use their own wheelchairs at home, but enter into one of these once at their workplace. Would make performing their jobs much easier.