A group of paralyzed veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were recently presented with a well-deserved gift-- a high tech wheelchair with cutting-edge capabilities called the "iBOT."
The chair can travel through thick terrain, climb stairs and rise up on two wheels to eye level.
"This is like the Cadillac of wheelchairs. It's like an all-terrain vehicle," one of the soldiers said.
"Without a chair like this, you couldn't achieve the independence," another added.
Each wheelchair costs $26,000 but they were free for the veterans because of donations by a group of California business owners.
"Why couldn't we use the 21st century that we use to make auto pilot and gyro stablized equipment, put it in a device to help a disabled person regain the capability to stand up, look people in the eye and essentially be able to walk around, go up and down stairs and have their independence back, and we did it," iBOT designer Dean Kamen said.