The iBOT 4000 Mobility System is a revolutionary invention. This highly versatile power chair is the brainchild of inventor Dean Kamen. He is the same person who invented the Segway PT Personal Transporter. The iBOT 4000 is built to deliver the highest level of mobility and functionality. It is designed with safety features that cannot be found in any other wheelchair on the market.
The system that drives this power chair is made up of sophisticated technology. There is a combination of sensors, software, computers and gyroscopes that are incorporated into the iBOT Mobility System. It can constantly re-adjust itself to maintain balance and stability. The chair can power across sand, gravel, tall grass and uneven ground. It can be driven in the rain for extended periods. With its ability to traverse many types of terrain, the iBOT is truly an off-road machine. It is the perfect vehicle for cruising along nature trails or city sidewalks.
Among its numerous features, the iBOT Mobility System can climb up curbs and stairs. It also incorporates an unique “balance position” that enables the passenger to be raised up to eye-level while sitting in the iBOT. The user can then have an eye to eye conversation or reach up to cupboards and shelves. All this while the iBOT balances on only two of its four wheels. The electronic system is customized to work with the user’s center of gravity and maintain balance in all functions. The iBOT Mobility System utilizes built-in redundant backup systems and programming. This ensures safety and integrity in all five of its operating modes.
The iBOT Mobility System offers several comfort features and controls. The automotive-type seat can be adjusted to provide posture support and personal comfort. It’s user control panel can be located in either arm and swings away for convenience. Also, the chair has clothing guards to keep personal articles from interfering with its operation. And there is a lighting system which includes flashers and directional signals. The iBOT can be safely locked-out to prevent unauthorized usage with the standard security system.
Power for the iBOT 4000 is supplied by two 67.2 volt batteries. It has a driving range of 12-15 miles between charges. However, there are some restrictions and guidelines to consider before purchasing the iBot. Passengers must weigh at least 75 pounds and no more than 250 pounds. There is a pre-approval process that every prospective buyer needs to go through. This is because the FDA requires a doctor’s prescription in order to buy the unit. And then, the buyer is taken through a detailed training program upon delivery of the Mobility system.
The iBOT Mobility System is sold through Independence Technology, L.L.C., which is owned by Johnson & Johnson company. The cost of an iBOT is about $26,000. There is a reimbursement program which has had good success working with insurance providers. Success stories told by current users further attest to the amazing difference this technology has made in their lives. Hopefully, the affordability of the iBOT can become a reality for many more disabled people. For many, the Mobility System has been a miracle. It has allowed them to return to a more active and normal life beyond anything previously thought possible.