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    IBOT closing down shop

    Just got a FEDEX today. Said IBOT is ceasing to sell IBOTs as of Jan 2009. Very sad news.

    #2
    Originally posted by ip View Post
    Just got a FEDEX today. Said IBOT is ceasing to sell IBOTs as of Jan 2009. Very sad news.
    This was inevitable, I suppose, given the cost and the unlikeliness of any significant insurance reimbursement. Yes, it is very sad news.
    stephen@bike-on.com

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      #3
      Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
      This was inevitable, I suppose, given the cost and the unlikeliness of any significant insurance reimbursement.
      Yup, I'd blame it on those two things as well.

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        #4
        That really sucks for the people who have purchased one,where the hell are they suposse to get parts and service for this thing?

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          #5
          The letter said parts and service will go through 2013. The minimum required by law, I guess.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Shaun View Post
            That really sucks for the people who have purchased one,where the hell are they suposse to get parts and service for this thing?
            I don't know that it necessarily follows that servicing will no longer be available for the iBOT. First, it is distributed by Johnson & Johnson and I don't think they're going out of business anytime soon (though in this economy you never know). Secondly, the technology isn't disappearing. The iBOT and Segway are both the brainchild of inventor Dean Kaman and the Segway is not being discontinued. But if I owned an iBOT or was considering buying one, I would certainly call the manufacturer and find out this critical piece of information.
            stephen@bike-on.com

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              #7
              Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
              I don't know that it necessarily follows that servicing will no longer be available for the iBOT. First, it is distributed by Johnson & Johnson and I don't think they're going out of business anytime soon (though in this economy you never know). Secondly, the technology isn't disappearing. The iBOT and Segway are both the brainchild of inventor Dean Kaman and the Segway is not being discontinued. But if I owned an iBOT or was considering buying one, I would certainly call the manufacturer and find out this critical piece of information.
              As well as the Iglide. I loved that thing.
              And the truth shall set you free.

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                #8
                This isn't very surprising, I was hoping someday but oh well...
                Dave
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by NoDecafPlz View Post
                  As well as the Iglide. I loved that thing.
                  The iGlide lives on in Next Mobility's Tailwind. In fact, they improved upon it.

                  Independence Technology has provided excellent ongoing support for the iGlide. Hopefully, they will do the same for the iBot.

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                    #10
                    Very sad. Another example of great technology that never found it's way to those that could use it. Price and the fact that J&J was never great at marketing chairs.

                    Be Big,
                    Alan

                    One last time:


                    Now the Ibot is truly a "Unicorn"
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                      #11
                      Segway=$5K IBOT=$25K ...go figure.

                      Yeah, it cost more to get it 'certified' as a piece of medical equipment, but then again, it could be sold as the "LazyBoy Version" of the Segway for maybe $10K and I'm sure more buyers could be found...including me.

                      They hyped their super-duper claims running department, turns out some subcontractor paper pusher with no initiative was doing their insurance claims. I was left swinging in the wind when I played that game. I got much much better assistance ramming my mobile-equipped standing frame down my insurance companies throat from Apria. Maybe Apria in Chicago should have done the insurance claims for them? Hmmm.

                      Interesting machine nonetheless.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Tarkus View Post
                        Very sad. Another example of great technology that never found it's way to those that could use it. Price and the fact that J&J was never great at marketing chairs.

                        Be Big,
                        Alan

                        One last time:


                        Now the Ibot is truly a "Unicorn"
                        I'll fondly remember this "dually" pic. As far as "iBot memorabilia" goes, it is definitely a classic.

                        Thanks for posting it one final...

                        ...Uh...I'm getting a little verklempt...

                        .......Talk amongst yourselves!

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                          #13
                          This hurts... I feel sorry for the people at Indy and hope they do not get hurt out of this as well. For us owners it is going to be tough changing life back to a different chair.
                          Tracy
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                            #14
                            why does everything related to sci cost so dang much

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                              #15
                              I hope Johnson and Johnson sells the iBOT to some other company. Then the new company can shed all the multimillion dollar development cost and maybe make a profitable run of it.

                              The iBOT can sell, it just needs a bit more work. Like a car lock, for example.

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