ROBOTIC WHEELCHAIR RAISES PEOPLE TO NEW HEIGHTS
From KSDK.com, April 30, 2004
(KSDK) - It provides people who use wheelchairs more freedom than they've ever known.
Thursday, a Washington University School of Medicine professor picked up his new iBot, A wheelchair that climbs stairs, goes over gravel and grass and even raises the user to eye level.
Dr. David Gray teaches neurology and occupational therapy at Washington University and is one of the first in Missouri to have an iBot. He has big plans for his new chair, "This summer, my 90-year-old mom is going to take me to the beach, we're going to walk in the sand together and it will be a dream come true for both of us."
The iBot uses gyroscopes to balance the system and go up on two wheels.
The chair particularly seems to fit Dr. Gray's sense of humor. He says it helped keep the attention of one of his night classes this week, and it helps him reach the candy jar at home.