Friday, April 28, 2006

Moon Walker Final (Stroke Victim Walking Aid)




Here is the final design of the walker. The lower two renderings depict the folding process.
So, basically the product is used by stroke victims with mobility problems. The user would be strapped into the leg guides first, then hooked onto the main support body. The frame supports the user in a standing position, whilst the hinged leg guides allow leg movement (supported to prevent injury). Wide wheels enhance stability while assisting the user in moving from one place to another.
The system is similar to a baby walker, the difference being having details integrated to prevent injury while learning to walk again.

Project done in collaboration with Tham Ming Yoong (Bachelor of Engineering- University of Birmingham)

7 comments:

wjen said...

nicely done! jus one little concern about whether e walker will look too bulky on the user as compared to the original. Looks really cool, like a robotic extension to the human body.

Wai Lam said...

The original photo of the competitor's product was designed for child use, which explains the major difference in scale. Too small and the user will tumble. Also the product is mainly used for theraphy in hospitals and home care centres, so, function and safety will be priority over compact form factor.

Does anyone know where I can get a descent 3d model of a human in IGES or other NURBS format? Poser provides good models but it's in polygonal meshes and don't work in mechanical CAD programmes.

the casual llama said...

looks a little bit too futuristic to be very clean designed , but i like the idea .

BroknWing said...

I really like the idea/look of the Moon Walker...my only concern is how does someone with mobility and balance issues get into it? I see no hand-holds to help balance, it looks as though one could not use it independantly. Is this correct?

wai lam said...

The device would be used in hospitals and theraphy centres, so medical staff assistance will be needed. I'm trying to hold the user in an upright position (hence the spine support) to better learn how to balance independantly. But additional hand support will be a good idea. Perhaps as an option. Thanks for the comment.

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