Why does some technology reach market before others?

August 1, 2007 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Rants, Tech Talk | 1 Comment
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whimsicalzephyr has posted about the wheelchair that can climb stairs.

Much like the electric car, this is a technology where every five years or so there is supposedly some big breakthrough but then nothing seems to happen.

And yet, fully functioning bionic arms are now commercially available.

Does that make sense? Isn’t there a larger market for a stairclimbing wheelchair? And shouldn’t a stairclimbing wheelchair be easier to make than a cyborg?


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  1. Good question. Actually, Stair-climbing hand-trucks for moving washer driers are actually being sold in decent volumes. So I’m very surprised that stairclimbing wheelchairs aren’t. Bionic arms being commercially avaialble dont’ mean they will be sold in volume.

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