A new wheelchair-accessible bathtub is on the way to Australia, but it could take a while to get it.
Key points:The Bathtub Accessible Accessible Bathtub is a $3,000 (£2,800) product from Baths and Body Works and is currently being tested in MelbourneA prototype version of the Bathtub can be used with the help of an iPhone or tabletA Bathtub has a built-in seat for a child to sit onThe Bath tub has a design that allows a child’s wheelchair to be placed on the floor of the bathtub.
The company says the product is being tested with an iPhone and Android smartphone and is available in four different configurations: the tub is fitted with a child seat, a wheelchair seat or a baby seat.
The tub is available for $3.99 a week on Amazon.com, and Baths Body Works has raised $50,000 for the project through a crowdfunding campaign.
“The Bath is a truly unique product, and we are very excited to have a team of engineers working on the product, designing it and testing it,” the company said.
“Our goal is to deliver this product in Australia by 2020.”
The company’s website says the Bath can be made with a “universal seat for children with a mobility device” and is designed to be easy to assemble and install.
The project was started last year by the Australian Government’s Disability Action Network.
“A lot of work went into designing the product to meet the needs of disabled Australians, and the product will provide a safe, accessible and convenient option for people who need a safe and accessible alternative to a wheelchair,” it said in a statement.
“As a disabled Australian, I am really looking forward to enjoying the bath and getting my bath.”