Our Idea

Who are we?

Team of engineers with different backgrounds but common mechanical aptitude and some with trained on the design softwares (Solid works, AutoCAD), capable to design the product. Also with team members with previous similar project experience on walk assistive device.

What are we offering?

Hybrid crutches convertable to a seat to ease the commute of a disabled person (who is already using crutches) or provide a resting seat during wait times (at bus stops) etc.

Who are we offering it to?

Elderly people using crutches in Pakistan and India where the wheel chair is not accessible everywhere and is also an expensive option. In these developing countries there are lesser provisions for disabled people.

Why does that person care?

To help the elderly disabled people using crutches in their commute by giving them rest breaks by taking the load of their body from the their shoulders and one leg.

Our distinctive competencies

We are a team with some members who have worked in design project of automated wheel assembly for wheel chairs previously so we already have similar experience. So we are determined to help disabled people using crutches and bring ease to their commute.

The substitutes & alternatives

Conventional crutches or wheel chair but their is no hybrid solution available as of yet in the market.

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Our Pitch

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The Key Personas and the Value They See

I was walking out of my class when I saw Dr. Radtke standing outside the class with crutches. I approached her and politely asked about the struggles she faces while on crutches. We talked for a few minutes and I asked for her opinion on how she handles wait periods. She responded that she plans her trips to minimize wait periods. Then I asked her opinion on how she would feel if crutches could transform into a seat to allow you to sit. She said that it would be a great for somebody who’s using crutches for a longer period of time. We briefly discussed the situational conditions between Canada and India/Pakistan and she felt the idea was quite impactful and could greatly benefit crutch users.

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    Good idea n cost effective.

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    Very neat idea being presented here, based on the scenarios mentioned in the pitch and the current substitutes and alternatives, I think this idea can be very valuable. However, I did not hear much about the distinctive competencies for the product and how the idea is going to sustain it’s competitive advantage. What is stopping someone else from making something similar and selling to the market? Perhaps this can be covered by mentioning that you’ll be getting patents for this design.

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    I really like the animation of how the chair works. It makes it very easy to understand and visualize. I like how you relate the problem to a specific person. I personally have never had to use crutches so do not fully understand the issue but you did a good job of explaining

    If you product is successful what would stop a large manufacturer from creating their own product and selling it for cheaper? Is this idea patent-able?

    I would talk about the cost of your product vs typical crutches and if yours is much higher will people be willing to pay more for them since they are used for typically short periods of time and then put in a closet.

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    I like how you address existing substitutes, furthermore, I like the new and improved pretendotype.

    I am still skeptical that there is a market for this product. I think substitutes and alternatives are sufficient, in particular the walker. Moreover, I think balance on the thin seat may be an issue for people using crutches.

    I would try and build a physical pretendotype and model how effective it could actually be, I think that is the biggest barrier to actually proving your concept. Also narrow costumer.

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    There is much value in anything which improves quality of life for the may who have to depend on assistance to carry out common daily activities; and making it affordable is a very noble goal.
    Showing when the existing alternatives may present limitations or may be too costly for being an alternative narrows down the intended applicability of the Krutchair.
    One thing that I don’t see clear is how is it deployed: Does the user need to ask for help? The animation shows the folding seat; but not how is the seat assembled. Is there a latching mechanism to give it the required stability? How one crutch will stay up while the full seat is put together, or folded back? Is a point that you might want to address on the pitch, keeping in mind the obvious user limitations that makes not-easy-to-handle mechanical devices.
    Otherwise, very well rounded idea. Hope you can take it to reality.

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    Very cool idea. Its great that you have team members with previous experience in similar technologies. It is very clear what you are offering and who you are offering it too. Your description of the substitutes and alternatives that already exist is very clear and you also made it very clear how your product fits the needs of your target customer better.

    I’m not sure how difficult this would be, but the first thing that came to mind was that these will be heavy and awkward to operate adding stress to the user, so maybe you could mention an estimated weight in comparison to traditional crutches?

    Overall a very good idea! Thanks

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    How much cheaper than the wheel chair would these be and are they any more expensive than crutches.
    You didn’t say how you can protect your idea, can you patent the design of these crutches over there? It doesn’t seem costly to imitate so I would think you will have competition pretty quickly.

    The accessibility and cost seem to be pain points for your customer great you identified them.

    Do you have the connections to manufacture and distribute the crutches over there. If you do maybe drop some names to show you have the capability to do this. I like that you say you’ve had experience designing wheel chairs before.

    Still seems like everyone with a disability is your customer. What do people with wheelchairs do now about accessibility. Would someone with a wheelchair still buy your product for the accessibility.

    Is this the best design, have you spoken with anyone to see what needs they have.

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    This venture would be really help for those who are not able to buy wheel chairs or for use in the areas where there a wheel chair is not accessible, so in that case this device would be really helpfull.

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    I am so glad you don’t use the wheels…… That is way more better than the wheel one. Great job

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    I really like your idea. If I sprain ankle in the future and have to walk with crutches, I will definitely buy it.

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    Your team‘s idea is really nice for disable people who broke their legs and it can help them make life more convenient and wonderful .

    I suggest that you can add a backrest if it is possible. I feel that if that way, your product will be more attractive.

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    This idea is very good, it helps a lot of people with difficulties. The idea of the pitch is very clear, the explanation is very good, but I think it is not easy to be manufactured, and it may be difficult to use. I think if it can be improved in design, it will be a very good product.

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    It is great pitch and easily to see you guys have a clear mind about where your market is in, and what the value of the design is.
    But I do have few suggestion for you as an audience who firstly heard about this. An excellent slide would be a pretty important for a good pitch but not only what you are saying. If you can add some more details into your Power Point about what you guys have for each section with matching your nice speaking, that would make every listeners better understanding. Additionally, you guys miss an important part as what we did as well, which is more info on financial. How much is it on producing this stuff, and what price would you plan to sell? That is able to be more convincing that you can make profit from this project.
    Hope you all the best in your final pitch and everything!

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    it ‘s a good product for someone who doesn’t want to pay too much, at meanwhile, you guys improve their life. durable is the most important thing for this product.