Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Engineering and Computer Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Sciences and Engineering
Manufacturing | Mechanical Engineering
Aging and Rehabilitation Engineering is a prominent field with ample room for development of and improvement upon existing options. Surveying city sidewalks, family gatherings, hospital waiting rooms it becomes apparent that the need for mobility aids is abundant. My proposal for Capstone is to redesign the walker from both my mechanical engineering and sculptural perspectives. A walker is meant to improve the quality of life for those who are unable to walk unassisted, but should not come at the cost of the user’s dignity. The way we carry ourselves says a lot about us (i.e. character, will, and level of care for our bodies). I want to further improve quality of life by elevating the walker to a dignified piece of equipment. I propose to focus on ease of use, opportunity for customization (for those individuals with specific needs in addition to stability while walking), and improving the aesthetics of this important device that serves as a daily presence in many people’s lives.
Curcio, Gianna M., "Redesigning the Walker: A More Durable & Dignified Device" (2014). Honors Capstone Projects - All. 764.
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