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Mobility
A standard wheelchair is commonly used by paraplegics.
A standard wheelchair is commonly used by paraplegics.

Wheelchairs give people with spinal cord injuries their mobility. The first two images show today's most common wheelchair designs, and the third and fourth images show the wheelchair of the future.

A powered wheelchair is commonly used by tetraplegics. In many cases, there is very subtle control left in one or both hands -- combine that with an extremely sensitive joystick, and wheelchair control is possible.
The iBot wheelchair, created by Dean Kamen and being manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, has the ability to handle a wide variety of terrain types, including sand, gravel and 8-inch curbs.
The iBot wheelchair also has the ability to "stand up" and balance on two wheels, putting the passenger at eye level with standing adults and making it possible to reach much higher objects and controls.