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The iBOT® 4000 Super-Wheelchair
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The iBOT® 4000 Super-Wheelchair

An engineer from the UK has invented a super-wheelchair.  Dan Kamen’s revolutionary new chair not only has four-wheel-drive, it can be transformed at the press of a button.  The new chair, named the iBOT® 4000 enables the user the climb stairs, stand up and travel effortlessly over curbs when required.

Advanced functions

The iBOT® 4000 has all the standard functions a user would expect from a normal wheelchair, and then some!  ‘Balance-Function’ enables the user to move into a standing position.  In addition, singled-handed negotiation of stairs and curbs need no longer be a problem for the wheelchair user thanks to Kamen’s sophisticated technology.

The chair also incorporates a folding system that allows the user to take the iBOT® 4000 with them in their car, meaning that total independence is guaranteed.

Safety criteria

Unfortunately, the iBOT® 4000 is not suitable for everyone.  In order to ensure that the user remains safe in the chair, certain criteria must be fulfilled.

  1. The user’s maximum bodyweight should be no less than 34kg/75lbs, and not more than 113kg/250lbs.
  2. The user must have sufficient sensory ability to be able to operate the joy-stick control unit and operate a push button.
  3. The user should be able to bend their knees in order to place their feet on the foot rests, although this doesn’t apply for lower leg amputees.
  4. The user should have sufficient hip movement to allow them to comfortably remain in a seated position.
  5. People who suffer from osteoporosis or brittle bone disease would not be able to use the iBOT® 4000.

Before a user is allowed to actually purchase the iBOT® 4000, they must undergo a medical examination and a discussion with a doctor to ensure that the chair will be suitable for them.  Following this, special driving training is required and this concludes with an actual test!  Provided the user fulfils all the criteria, and successfully passes the driving test, they can take the iBOT® 4000 home.

Unfortunately, a further problem for would-be iBOT® 4000 owners is its price.  Different specifications are available, and depending upon what particular bells and whistles you choose, this super-wheelchair will set you back somewhere between $25,000 and $29,000 USD.

In conclusion

The iBOT® 4000 certainly offers the wheelchair user some wonderful functionality – at a price.  It’s to be hoped that in the future many of the iBOT® 4000’s features will be included as standard in every design of wheelchair so that everyone can benefit from them.

 

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  1. deddancer
    I have no idea why this article was posted with a date of 2015 .. the Ibot was discontinued by J&J over 5 years ago ... we can't even get parts. Yes it was a wonderful chair that gave you extraordinary amount of freedom, the US Veterans Affairs had even approved it .. and right after they approved it J&J cancelled the chair. In my case about one year after paying $25K .. and then left us for a year with no service.
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  2. bones
    deddancer is correct. When i seen this article i thought wow maybe i can get parts, no such luck. I was the 13th person to receive this chair and it has served me well. When i received notice from J&J that they were closing the door on the I-Bot it was as if they took my legs away. By far the most independence one could expect from a wheelchair. My last set of battery's might get me a couple more months.
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    1. dooley2015
      Hi, I own an I-BOT 4000 and I found a place that can rebuild batteries for the I-BOT. It is on e-bay and they do a great job. My batteries are better than new. If anyone wants more info. e-mail me at mmdooley2@sbcglobal.net I am looking for tires for my chair. If anyone has some tires or knows of another tire that will fit please let me know.
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    2. dooley2015
      Hi, I own an I-BOT 4000 and I found a place that can rebuild batteries for the I-BOT. It is on e-bay and they do a great job. My batteries are better than new. If anyone wants more info. e-mail me at mmdooley2@sbcglobal.net I am looking for tires for my chair. If anyone has some tires or knows of another tire that will fit please let me know.
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      1. deddancer
        Check Ebay .. there is a guy that is now servicing IBots .. I sold him mine with two extra tires just a couple weeks ago.
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  3. bones
    deddancer is correct. When i seen this article i thought wow maybe i can get parts, no such luck. I was the 13th person to receive this chair and it has served me well. When i received notice from J&J that they were closing the door on the I-Bot it was as if they took my legs away. By far the most independence one could expect from a wheelchair. My last set of battery's might get me a couple more months.
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    1. deddancer
      Right now the closest I can find is a chair made in china that climbs stairs, but no raising seat, and it's much bulkier. The Ibot was the only chair out there that really offered the kind of freedom it did. Small enough to maneuver in the house, balance mode allowing me to reach any cabinet or closet shelf and high enough clearance that I could actually use it at my mom's place (4 acre front yard) and get from my car, across gravel and turf over her 2-1/2" thresholds. I could take it anywhere in the city, not having to roll an extra block or two for a curb cutout as I could roll up onto any curb (it took 5" without even being in stair climbing), into any shop even if it had that "one" step up. Now I back to looking at chairs that are either indoor/mall chairs that you basically can't use anywhere that isn't totally smooth paved .. or an outdoor only chair that insurances and medicare will not pay for.
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      1. dooley2015
        check this site, they are trying to get the I-bot back in production http://www.huey091foundation.org/Home
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