Carlos Schreib - Industrial Design
Smart Walking Stick
Embrace is a mobility concept consisting of a walking aid, that can be transformed into a stool, for elderly people with age-related limitations based on new stabilizing technology.
Many elderly people with age-related limitations refrain from walking long ways as they can´t be sure to find a seating accommodation somewhere close when they get physically tired.
A wheeled walker is no option for most people as it is perceived as a stigmatization.These circumstances are a real cutback in life quality for elderly people and improving it was a main goal in this project.
Embrace is a self-stabilizing walking aid with omni-directional wheel. It is actively stabilizing the user while walking, especially while physically insecure. It stays upright on its own, even when left alone.
This is possible through the usage of a technology Honda invented in 2009. A large wheel has many small wheels around its diameter which can be controlled separately. Combined with a G-sensor like in a “Segway” it is able to move into any direction with just one wheel.
Additionally Embrace can be transformed into a seat when turning the handle bar in 90°. This accommodation allows the user to rest shortly, comparable to resting on a tables edge.
The design language is settled in a balance between reduced and dynamic aswell as between low-tech and high-tech. Technical components are not hidden but thematised with flowing lines geometrical cuts.
Embrace aims for a generation aged 60 and older where the users don’t accept dull and stigmatising design and embrace technological innovations.
The project was supported by: "Spektrum Academy for physiotherapy“ (www.SAfP.de) in Berlin