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Customizable Fashion Sticks

Walking aid accesories that spice up the stigmatizing look

Photo of Nesibe İrem Erdem
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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

People using walking aids

Decorative parts for walking aids to make them customizable. Products for changing the looks of the walking aid, daily if wanted. Matching your outfit, your mood etc. Decorative holding parts, tassles and stretch skins that can be matched together and changed frequently.

Holding parts with different shapes, materials, colors.

Stretch skins that can be easily put on and change the looks. Leather ones with different colors, with patterns and textures. As these can be used by all age people due to getting hurt etc, it might reduce the stigma to use them for the elderly. It would be a show of quality or taste, not a sign of disability. Something charismatic even. 

Buying many new canes not so practicle, but the skin would be economicly adventageous and easy to change. 

The holding part can even be transparent, wooden or any material. Just hand holding or with arm support, changable according to need. 

What I observe is that, there are many beautifully designed canes, but they are not produced. I assume this is a matter of economic conveniency. A designer's cane might be too expensive, too futuristic or unusual looking etc to catch on. Just parts being interchangable gives a lot more oppurtunity and freedom. Especially because customization thus makes it more personal. User can get emotionally more keen to use it. Like wearing an outfit, it would reflect the user. So it stops being just a soulless aid and turns into just another fashion item. 

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I can make prototypes and offer my grandmother's friends to use it and get feedback from them about how they feel.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Help in production and reaching out.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

Product designer, interested in positive impact design.


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Photo of Joanna Spoth

Hi Nesibo Iremu ! Love this idea - thank you for posting. Curious if you've started working on a quick prototype - or maybe the pictures you posted are mockups you've created? Would love to learn more!

Photo of Nesibe İrem Erdem

Hey Joanna, I made a mock up for the skins, it was the easiest and the one most appropriate to DIY. The pictures are renders and not real photos.

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