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Issac Pierce 2016-05-23
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The Segway creator's DEKA Research and Development Corp and the Japanese automaker said this weekend in a joint press conference at the Paralyzed Veterans of America Convention that they would be teaming up to develop the stair-climbing wheelchair.

"Our company is very focused on mobility solutions for all people," Toyota North America EVP and chief administrative officer Osamu Nagata said in announcing the partnership.

"We realize that it is important to help older adults and people with special needs live well and continue to contribute their talents and experience to the world."

The iBot had originally been developed in the 1990s and was introduced as a more agile and capable alternative to the wheelchair, most notably for its ability to climb stairs.

DEKA, meanwhile, will use the proceeds to help fund the revival and continued development of the iBot, which at the time it was discontinued carried a retail price of $25,000.

No word was given on when the revived iBot wheelchairs are due to return to the market.

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Eric Vela 2016-05-23
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In August, iBOT would have been celebrating its 10th birthday had not Johnson and Johnson quietly and without warning sold off the motorized wheelchair that promised to give the elderly and the disabled a new reason to get up in the morning.

Each iBOT cost $25,000, but Medicare would only shoulder around $5,000 to $6,000, leaving would be owners with an almost impossible decision to make.

Osamu Nagata, executive vice-president and chief administrative officer for Toyota Motor North America, explains this unexpected move this way:

"Our company is very focused on mobility solutions for all people.

We realize that it is important to help older adults and people with special needs live well and continue to contribute their talents and experience to the world."

While Toyota will be licensing the balancing technologies owned by DEKA primarily for this purpose, the agreement isn't limited to it and Toyota may find other uses for it as well.

There is no mention yet of timetables or even target prices, but hopefully the market conditions, not to mention regulations, have changed sufficiently enough in nearly 10 years to make iBOT v2 more of a success.

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Issac Pierce 2016-05-23
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The Segway creator's DEKA Research and Development Corp and the Japanese automaker said this weekend in a joint press conference at the Paralyzed Veterans of America Convention that they would be teaming up to develop the stair-climbing wheelchair.

"Our company is very focused on mobility solutions for all people," Toyota North America EVP and chief administrative officer Osamu Nagata said in announcing the partnership.

"We realize that it is important to help older adults and people with special needs live well and continue to contribute their talents and experience to the world."

The iBot had originally been developed in the 1990s and was introduced as a more agile and capable alternative to the wheelchair, most notably for its ability to climb stairs.

DEKA, meanwhile, will use the proceeds to help fund the revival and continued development of the iBot, which at the time it was discontinued carried a retail price of $25,000.

No word was given on when the revived iBot wheelchairs are due to return to the market.

Eric Vela 2016-05-23
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In August, iBOT would have been celebrating its 10th birthday had not Johnson and Johnson quietly and without warning sold off the motorized wheelchair that promised to give the elderly and the disabled a new reason to get up in the morning.

Each iBOT cost $25,000, but Medicare would only shoulder around $5,000 to $6,000, leaving would be owners with an almost impossible decision to make.

Osamu Nagata, executive vice-president and chief administrative officer for Toyota Motor North America, explains this unexpected move this way:

"Our company is very focused on mobility solutions for all people.

We realize that it is important to help older adults and people with special needs live well and continue to contribute their talents and experience to the world."

While Toyota will be licensing the balancing technologies owned by DEKA primarily for this purpose, the agreement isn't limited to it and Toyota may find other uses for it as well.

There is no mention yet of timetables or even target prices, but hopefully the market conditions, not to mention regulations, have changed sufficiently enough in nearly 10 years to make iBOT v2 more of a success.