Hi Kate Rushton , sorry for the lack of updates but I had a truly strong month of work. Meanwhile, I'm working on the QUADRU perspectives of the research methodology and achievement in parallel of the product for simplifying it thanks to the comments of the community !
I would answer you QUADRU is Most Promising project for several reasons : - Quadru offers the opportunity to walk without falling for elderly people but not only : global users in lack of mobility too (users after surgery, accident...), - Quadru expects at bringing back verticalization of the body taking the problem of falling to the source of its problem (preventing by stimulating the walking movement), - Quadru has to be appropriated for being accepted without any discrimation about the product and the age the user has to be for using it, thanks to the sport dynamism and biomimetism inspirations. Because the classic walking trolley is seen as « a product for elderly people », Quadru deserves further researches for bringing the best valuable project to these global users.
The incentives associated with that Award will help me a lot to work on the project and constitute a strong boost for :
- Working on the second version thanks to the exchanges with the AARP Services, Inc and IDEO design services - Exchanging among the Icare Research panel with the caregiving panel - Determining precisely in which scenarios Quadru is included (both temporary and daily life accompanying). - Gathering medical services who see the progression thanks to Quadru among a potential program of « Verticalization-back » - Promoting Quadru as a truly helper in the field of mobility for maintaining equilibrium for the users. - Testing the pilot in a small scale for gathering feedbacks (both from caregivers, medicines, posturologist, therapist) and the users - Iterating - Deploying the project.
Hi Rodney Lobo , thanks for your comment back ! I did'nt think of pacemakers... You're true about the titanium material which will be more wise ! For designing the second version of QUADRU, the balance will come from the "foot" with a kind of curved basis like a sledge for example, for insuring a low cost product (for the price, not for the usage of course :) ) but I keep in mind your suggestion about the micro-servos. It will be interesting for the stability but I've got to think of a all terrain product (stairs, rocks...).