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Luke P
05-09-13, 02:13
Hello! I am a mechanical engineering student and my design team has decided to explore potential devices to assist people climbing stairs. Please take 30 seconds and fill out our survey! And feel free to leave a comment if there's anything else you can do to help us out! Thanks!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2JHWSY5

Lighttouch
05-09-13, 21:39
Hello! I am a mechanical engineering student and my design team has decided to explore potential devices to assist people climbing stairs. Please take 30 seconds and fill out our survey! And feel free to leave a comment if there's anything else you can do to help us out! Thanks!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2JHWSY5

Just looked at your survey. Tried filling it in and it rejected my answer of not being able to cary anything upstairs.

Think about it - one arm doesn't work and I use the other to hold the grab rail - what can I carry.

- I don't use stairs as I live in a bungalow
- to get to another level I'd use a lift

As engineers you should look at Homes for Life criteria. You build homes with staircases wide enough to take a stairlift if needed in the future.

You design a house where it can cheaply be modified to take a through-floor lift.

Not many physically disabled people would choose to live in a hose with stairs as they need one level living.

Throw your engineering skills into designing an exterior ankle/leg brace for someone with a dropped foot that attaches to a boot heel and fastens with velcro below the knee.

Use 3D modelling and substitute metal frame for carbon fibre for strength, lightness and looks.

Now there's a project - then you could sell the idea to the NHS - you'd be laughing all the way to the bank.