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Old 11-17-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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A Chinese pensioner sold his apartment to fund his dream of creating a wheelchair that can climb stairs.

Li Rongbiao, 67, of Beijing, came up with the idea after his wife, Wang Huifang, 65, broke her leg, reports West China City Daily.

Ananova - Man builds stair-climbing wheelchair (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_3560585.html?menu= - broken link)
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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Darn.

Once again, someone else uses one of my Very Good Ideas and beats me to the punch.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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There is already a very good commercially produced stair climbing wheelchair in the US. It was demonstrated to the rehab facility where I worked back in 2004 or so. Of course, it cost $60K back then. It had the ability ot go over a tilted surface, like a hill, and could raise the person up to eye level of a standing person.
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