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The Elwalker - Submitted on behalf of Lama El Desouky

An elderly electronic walker

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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?

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This project is submitted for Lama El Desouky based in Afganistan. This information is taken from his Behance project with his permission. Lama is requesting feedback and suggestions from the OpenIDEO community on The Elwalker. The Behance project is accessed here



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Hi! I like the idea but I just want to address some flaws that stand out to me such as balance, it seems that this can still cause people to fall due to the legs of the Elwalker appearing weak. This also seems to require a certain amount of control from the user but their control could diminish or just not be there due to illness or injuries.

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Anil Thank you for your feedback.
To address your concerns, specially from the balance part, the legs of the elwalker are sure to be balanced and strong when it is to be applied. In the models I've constructed for testing, it proved to be quite supportive and balanced.

In terms of control, a great percentage of the elderly have weak muscles and arthritis in their hands and arms. And by having the elwalker supporting them from their waist, you eliminate the uncertainty of their arm usage. The elwalker also would have stoppers in case of toppling. The legs cover a distance in the front and back, as well as sides to make sure that falls in any direction are prevented, and complete support is provided. Other devices are external to the body, and therefore can easily escape the grip and offer no help at all when in need.

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'The Elwalker Concept with Manual Usage' document is attached.

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Anne-Laure Fayard Hello! This is Lama. I'm glad you like the idea. It is a little different from the exoskeleton as it targets the elderly with mobility problems (Such as walking for long distances, getting up from chairs, climbing and descending stairs, etc). And you don't need to use crutches, as it stabilizes people from their center of gravity (leaving arms free for use). The idea can have a simple application without complicated electronics, just basic mechanics to make it affordable and allow for easy customization.

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Kate Rushton Great to see you posting on the behalf of Lama El Desouky. I love the biomimicry design and the inspiration from caterpillar and kangaroo. I have to admit that I'm not completely sure what are the users for this kind of walkers? These are people with major mobility issues, aren't they? Is this something similar to Manjunath exoskeleton idea https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/ideas/exoskeleton-create-better-experiences-for-walking ?
I'm sure that Rodney Lobo who had been working since last September on mobility devices might have some feedback.