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Friday, June 3, 2016

Toyota designed a new stair-climbing wheelchair

Toyota has made a cooperation with the wheelchair maker firm named Deka to present a solution for the disabled named iBot. Where the wheelchair designed specifically for American war veterans who suffered paralysis.
The original iBOT stair-climbing wheelchair was a life-changing mobility device for people with disabilities. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aflUV)
As reported by Motor1 on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, iBot itself is a motorized wheelchair which is supported by two sets of wheels, and allows the wheelchair users to be able to walk up and down the stairs that become an obstacle for people with disabilities.

In addition, it also allows wheelchair users to ascend from the seat with a height of about six feet. So the position of wheelchair users can be equivalent to the position of people who are standing.
A prototype of the next generation of iBOT wheelchairs. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aflUV)
"Our company is very focused on providing mobility solutions for everyone. We realize that it is important for us to assist people with special needs so that they can continue to contribute," said Osamu Nagata, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Toyota Motor North America.

iBot was actually already been produced before. However, due to cost reasons, this chair is only sold hundreds of units. But in 2014, the company said that they were preparing a new model that will be out in less than two years. With this partnership, the new model is fulfilled being prepared together with Toyota.
"We are pleased with the cooperation that has been successfully established, with this cooperation we can help people with disabilities to realize the dream become a reality," said Director of Deka, Dean Kamen. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | GIZMAG]
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