Although this blog is about TrailRiders I keep an eye on the general wheelchair and disability area for things that might be of interest.
|Four Segways head down the track|
So the topic of this post could best be described as wheelchairs that lead on from the Segway. The Segway is an astonishing pogo-stick like device that an upright can stand on and ride down the road steering, braking and accelerating by leaning in the appropriate direction.
The genius is in the control mechanisms that keep the device upright by constant small exertions of the motors and also detect leaning and adjust the motors to comply.
In the wheelchair domain I have now seen this extended in two different directions. Neither of these two are available to buy right now but that's another story.
|The first one, historically, is the iBOT. When it was possible to buy these the $40,000 price tag indicated that this was a serious and significant contribution to the power wheelchair market. By using Segway-style technology this chair can climb stairs, raise to normal upright eye height as well as proceed normally.|
When standing up the iBOT maintains its posture in the same way that the Segway does and actually cannot be pushed over.
At the Congress in Sydney we had the good fortune to meet Max Burt who owns two iBOTS and as the video shows Ros was invited to try very hard to push him over
|Kevin Halsall shows off the Ogo|
We see here the prototype with work underway to bring this novel device to market.
I must confess (hence the title of this post) that this scares me. I often shift my posture while riding in my power chair and the thought that this might steer me into the road....