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Designing a better walker

How can we design a better walker for Helen (seniors)?

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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?

Helen, a friend's mom

Walkers with wheels are too heavy, not easy to fold up, and take in a car.  Other rollators are also difficult, and / or too expensive.  

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

Adjusting a basic walker and modifying it to work better, as it's a good lightweight start.

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

What's the max weight people will tolerate to carry a folded up walker? What's the pain point in using a walker? Feedback about what people like or don't like about walkers?

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A student collaboration

Tell us about your work experience:

We are grad students, MAIA (Industrial Design) studying at SFSU. Aging is a major issue for design groups.


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Photo of Michael O'Sullivan

Hey Nahla

Cool idea and a really good problem area. It's great to be able to immediately start hacking an existing walker, testing it and doing rapid iterations.
I wonder if the product could benefit from being somewhat adjustable/adaptable to the situation? For example, I imagine that users are most stiff and in need of support in the mornings and their mobility improves throughout the day? If so, perhaps the product could adjust to be less big/awkward when leaving the house?

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