Hi Michael, I love that you are thinking outside the box and brining a product with flexibility to suit each individual home/measurement. A custom solution based on the amount of space will take advantage of any extra space the owner has to play with. I agree using colours to help differentiate the size of the step is a fantastic and very useful idea. Just looking at a set of stairs may be very daunting to elderly people but if the stars are colour coded and identifiable then this may reduce their anxiety or fear of going up or down the stairs. I was thinking that perhaps it could be a good idea to add a distress alarm button at some point in the design, just incase there is a fall the elderly person could press the distress alarm to signal for help?
Hi Robert, I think this is a fantastic idea and really like the concept. The photos and sketch are a great illustration of how the device works. I watched the usability testing and noticed that the cane handle slide down slightly when it was connected to the handrail. Is there maybe some sort of grip pad which can be put around the handle? This would serve two purposes, a) it would grip more firmly to the handrail when in use and b) the grip pad would be more comfortable in the hand when walking. Michael DF 15 May 15, 2017