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Smart Walkers

Conventional walkers are clunky and disrupt walking due to their bulky design.

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"Researchers have developed a smart walker prototype that supports independent living among the elderly by making the traditional walker smart. They have retrofitted it with sensors and digital software that analyze user's physical condition and daily activities. This allows the device to collect useful information on user's daily rhythm, walking distances, duration and speed of walking, in addition to hand grip strength. Such information can then be used to monitor user's wellbeing and physical condition, the group says."

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Many elderly feel weak or shameful from using a walker. More advanced walkers can empower the elderly and reduce the discomfort in using walkers. By removing the stigma towards a piece of fall protection technology we can reduce the threat of falling.

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Hi Edward!

Interesting post! How do the advanced walkers empower the older adults?

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