How might we bring joy and safety to mobility of the elderly generation?
Attempting to create the same excitement and fun of picking out a new bicycle, the “Change Gears” walker is available in different fashionable colors. Unlike other medical devices, it’s sold and serviced at local bike or outdoor shops, just like any other healthy lifestyle product. A built-in wireless module broadcasts the owner’s geo-location and, in an emergency, can call for help to the owner’s family, healthcare provider, or retirement facility.
Not only are walkers often stigmatising objects to own and use for the elerldy, it is also much more common to see accidents happen than one might think. Data from 2001-2006 suggests that more than 47,000 elderly falls occur in America each year that result in emergency room visits while another study tracking 22 people (above 70 years old) owning walkers in Belgium revealed that 15 of them had fallen and gotten injured during the falls. These incidents often leave elderly unable to continue their walk or even to stand up again.
Changing Gears comes with build in geo-location tracking and an intercom unit to ensure help when an accident occures. By tracking the the walker, it is much less intrusive to single person than tracking him/her through some wearable tech or other stigmatising gadgets that say "I am helpless and need to be watched all the time". This allows for a safe feeling while walking the streets without giving away of ones personal freedom.