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IBot: Pros And Cons Of "Barrier-Breaking" Wheelchair
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 13, 2002

WEST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY--Next week, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is scheduled to vote on whether to pre-approve a revolutionary motorized wheelchair called the "iBot". If the iBot gets the go ahead, it may gain final approval from the FDA as early as the middle of next year.

The iBot is considered revolutionary because it can safely climb stairs and curbs, and because it can bring the user to a full standing position to be eye-to-eye with people who do not use wheelchairs.

But even if the iBot is approved by the FDA, the machine itself has a number of barriers of its own to overcome. The largest may be the $29,000 price tag. Next is the insurance industry, which has yet to decide if the iBot is a "medical necessity".

Related:
"Super Wheelchair Tackles Stairs" (BBC- June 2, 2000)
"Breaking The Next Wheelchair Barrier" (Albuquerque Tribune -- January 17, 2002)
You can download this video news story in RealVideo from the BBC site:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/770000/video/_774296_wheelchair_vi.ram
A four-minute RealAudio interview is also available from the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/770000/audio/_774296_coates_and_crozier.ram

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