2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

Improving Senior’s Mobility Through Innovation

Matthew J. Dean, Boise State University
Grant A. Breidenbach, Boise State University
Hadley M. Underwood, Boise State University
Skylar P. Merschel, Boise State University
Christy Suciu, Boise State University


Walkers were a massive step forward in senior mobility when invented and refined in the 1970s and 1980s (Smith, 1970). These devices open opportunities and access for millions of Americans struggling with balance, strength, and other challenges associated with age. As consumers age, there will be a flow of new customers that will enter the market. Additionally, the aging Baby Boomer generation will provide steady target market growth over the next decade plus (Mather, 2019). While the walker improves senior mobility, these devices still fall short of their goals. When it comes to bending down, reaching high items, and integrating with other tasks for senior citizens these walkers often do not fully perform. That’s why WIWI (Walk It, Walk It) is introducing a brand-new refresh to the walker design, specifically engineered to better solve the problems faced by current walker users. Our goal is to create a walker that is stable, lightweight, and transferable. Additionally, our changes will include more compartments and ease of portability. This walker will ultimately assist many older consumers looking for stability and comfort while aging.


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