P18014: Stand-Up Walker


S.T.E.P.S. - Stand-Up Technological Enhancements for Parkinson's and Scoliosis

Project Summary Project Information

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects one percent of people over the age of 60. As such, Parkinson's is often comorbid with other diseases and disorders traditionally associated with aging, such as scoliosis and other posture disorders. Addressing the issues that arise from common comorbidities is a vital part of the development of medical devices, especially mobility assist devices such as walkers.

One of the most obvious impacts Parkinson's disease has is called the Parkinson's gait, a pattern of walking defined by short, flat steps. Adjusting this pattern of walking is a core part of Parkinson's treatment, and is directly at odds with the pattern of walking encouraged by traditional walkers.

Our project aims to develop a low-cost add-on device that will attach to 4-wheel walkers and will allow users to improve both posture and gait through use over time. The final deliverable device will be designed under the vital constraints of manufacturability, cost of material, ease of use, entirely mechanical functionality, ability to be adjusted per user, and efficacy. Additionally, our goals include making the device weatherproof and widely adaptable to a variety of 4-wheel walkers currently on the market.

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Project Name
Stand-Up Walker for People with Parkinson's
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Start Term
Fall 2017
End Term
Spring 2018
Faculty Guide
Art North
Primary Customer
Bob and Helen Edelman
Sponsor: Image:Photo Gallery/Autodesk Logo.png

Team Members

Pictured from left to right: Alexa, Bridget, Tom, Nathan, Jeremiah, and John

Pictured from left to right: Alexa, Bridget, Tom, Nathan, Jeremiah, and John

Member Major Role Contact
Tom Gerstein Mechanical Engineer Design Engineer tmg9529@rit.edu
Alexa Farner Industrial Engineer Project Manager / Purchasing abf6957@rit.edu
John Bushman Biomedical Engineer Lead Engineer jjb7371@rit.edu
Bridget Avery Mechanical Engineer Principal Design Engineer bea4103@rit.edu
Nathanial Luther Biomedical Engineer Facilitator nol7809@rit.edu
Jeremiah Eyster Industrial Designer Ergonomist and Designer jhe7984@rit.edu

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Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

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