Student Inventions Benefit Older Adults
As an example, students improved the hemi-walker, a side-style walker used by
older adults with one-sided weakness. Current models change walking patterns
and cause stability problems. Students added spring-loaded wheels with
plastic guards so the hemi-walker would glide more easily when walking.
When stationary, the guards drop to prevent the wheels from moving. The
student design for the updated hemi-walker project was a success, providing a
comfortable, stable and safer walking experience for older adults.