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Isowalk reinvents the walking cane with new design and wireless

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July 9, 2013

Isowalk is a new walking cane with cutting edge design and wireless

Isowalk is a new walking cane with cutting edge design and wireless

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The project does not exactly reinvent the wheel, but it sets out to improve on a device that is almost as old. The traditional walking cane is undergoing a design revolution that draws inspiration from the latest developments in ergonomics and even aerospace engineering. Isowalk, currently fundraising on Indiegogo, is a new design aimed at taking the walking cane to a new level of sophistication, besides making it more user-friendly and safer. Its designer also wants to enable it with wireless technology and create different models for different needs.

One of the key components of the design concept behind Isowalk is its center of gravity, which results in a pendulum effect to help eliminate the physical effort to advance. It features a semi-spherical handle that reduces the strain on hand, wrist and arm. The grip can be adjusted to suit both right and left handed users.

To increase smoothness, the designers incorporated a shock relief system that helps the cane adjust to the user’s weight and the pressure they apply when using it. The device also features a stronger, foot-like tip that provides an expanded point of contact with the ground, increasing stability and, consequently, safety. The overall structure is supported by thin carbon shafts, a material that surpasses steel in resilience but is lighter than aluminum.

Isowalk designer Ron Goldberg hopes the Indiegogo campaign will enable him to further develop smart models that are enabled with wireless technology to link the device to customized apps. The smart models would be able to send out alerts and monitor the user’s performance and location, similar to the Qardio sensor we covered earlier this month.

The Indiegogo campaign was launched on the occasion of Isowalk's unveiling during the CE Week Expo in New York between June 26 and 27. An Isowalk it costs US$125.

If the campaign is successful, Isowalk will be launched at the January 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Indiegogo supporters will be the first to get their items while the general public will be able to buy it online around that time.

Goldberg makes his pitch in the video below.

Sources: Isowalk, Indiegogo

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Antonio Pasolini Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology.   All articles by Antonio Pasolini
5 Comments

Why does everything "have" to be wireless? It's laughable to even think that someone as made an app for a cane.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not against technology. I'm against technology for for the sake of technology. We just don't need to have conectivity in every single thing that we interact with on a daily basis.

Rt1583
9th July, 2013 @ 07:26 pm PDT

i myself have used a cane for years, I like my model because it has a four

point bottom unit, so that the cane does not fall flat when released.Such a cane is standard in Israel. The wireless part seems useful for locating the cane.

jochair
10th July, 2013 @ 03:29 am PDT

The "connected" aspect is, at the moment, quite vague. I've asked Ron for more details. I'd like to know things like: power (battery, or self-generated electricity (motion/compression)?), connectivity (Bluetooh 4.0?), sensors (accelerometer, impact, and/or what?).

Stan Sieler
10th July, 2013 @ 11:36 am PDT

Rt1583,

maybe it's so that once the Internet of Things gets going properly, the canes will all be able to talk to one another to discuss such things as the weights and mobility of their respective users, where they went today, how many ground impacts they endured, whether they've fallen over lately, photos of every other object they've been leaned against (and what they talked about with that attractive stranger, the lamp post)...the possibilities are limitless! Talk about Big Data! Google must be almost wetting its digital underwear with excitement!

dalroth5
12th July, 2013 @ 12:38 am PDT

It's from a Goldberg... It just Had to be...

Peahioi
12th July, 2013 @ 10:21 am PDT
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