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The Slik-Stik nexgen high-tech walking stick


March 20, 2009

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March 20, 2009 The SLIK-STIK is a next-generation walking stick that just might be a killer app with the post war baby boom moving into senior citizenhood. It's adjustable in height, folds up for convenient storage and portability, has a rubberised non-slip hand grip, a forward facing super bright LED torch light and a foot-fall floodlight to ensure safe footing at night on pavements, steps, and other trip hazards. It also has a panic alarm and best of all, it incorporates an induction generator system inside, so a minute of winding the retractable handle is sufficient to provide several minutes of emergency illumination.

The SLIK-STIK™ was designed by Denise Anstey, a disabled woman who was dissatisfied with the poor ergonomics and basic function of conventional walking sticks. The Slik-Stik folds for convenient storage and portability, whilst maintaining a firm and rigid support when extended. A four-position stem adjusts easily to the preferred height while the comfortable and well designed hand grip has a rubberised non-slip coating.

The front of the hand grip incorporates a super bright LED torch light which shines a forward beam and a foot-fall floodlight to ensure safe footing at night on pavements, steps, and other trip hazards. The rear of the handle incorporates a built in panic alarm that can be activated to alert for help. A further press on the control button provides high intensity red LED strobe lights located down the shaft of the stick, adding safety and security when walking near to traffic or crossing roads.

Better still, the above functions do NOT require the use of disposable batteries therefore ensuring an Eco-Friendly product. Even though the hand grip has a superb ergonomic and compact profile, the engineers at BAYLIS have skilfully incorporated their latest state-of-the-art induction generator system inside. A minute winding of the retractable handle is sufficient to provide several minutes of emergency illumination, whilst the included mains charger will fully re-charge the system in around three hours.

Finally, one further frustration for Denise has been addressed by the handy inclusion of a strong pick-up magnet in the handle – just in case you drop those keys again, and a convenient wrist strap for portability.


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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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