This is the TEK Robotic Mobilization Device (RMD), a transport vehicle for the paraplegic/disabled that allows them to move around in a standing position. The advantages over a traditional wheelchair are immense, including: better cardiovascular health from the standing position, the ability to make eye-to-eye contact instead of always being looked down upon, the independence to reach high and low (it can lower to a sitting position as well), get on and off the john/in and out of bed yourself, as well as a significantly smaller footprint for ease of navigating tight areas. The device comes in five sizes and started shipping in Turkey last week for around $15,000. Wow -- I'm impressed. I never thought I'd say this, but I might trade in my HoverRound.
Hit the jump for a worthwhile video of a young man demonstrating the thing.
Thanks to Charlotte, who's convinced the next logical step is personal jetpacks. Ugh -- I've been saying that for years!