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.
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.