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The total-comfort wheelchair which traverses any obstacle!
The wheelchair has been somewhat left behind by the pace of modern technology. Attached batteries for 3mph pension runs is the peak of their development. I propose a cushioned, manoeuverable, high-performance chair capable of more than any car. Caterpillar tracks on large deformable wheels would make
the chair more a personal minitank than the barren and perfunctory skeleton used by the world's paralysed today. Watch the able-bodied leave their cars (and yes, their legs) in droves. Stairs? No problem. Wheels big enough. Top speed? Around 50-60mph. It starts to rain? Goddam, the thing has a clear hood! Indoor, outdoor, off-road. And all from the comfort of your easy chair!
Dave Kamen's iBot
We're all still ginger'ed out and familiar with the stair-climbing chair, I take it, but just in case... [jutta, Mar 02 2001]
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||Yes they exist already, and their name is 'Robin Reliant'. Power to the locomotively impaired!!!
||Still seems like too much effort to me. Now, a bed with caterpillar tracks would be a much bigger seller...
||Good Lord, the swine! Still, his can't go at 60mph, and the deformable caterpillar tracks are the best bit anyway <grumble, mutter>