Rolling Robots InvenTeam
Falls are the leading cause of injury and death for those 65 and older, accounting for 27,000 deaths every year in the United States alone. Walkers are widely known to be an effective way of minimizing fall risk, but they still have two major limitations. First, if they are placed out of reach, people frequently choose not to use them, resulting in massively increased fall risk. Second, hand brakes on wheeled walkers tend to be hard to trigger in a pinch and frequently require significant grip strength to use effectively, also increasing fall risk. Our InvenTeam plans to solve these problems of walkers being out of reach and hard to brake.
Possible Technological Solutions
(To be announced in February for the Mid-Grant Technical Review)
(To be showcased at EurekaFest, June 12-14, 2023)
InvenTeam Education Fellow(s)
The Rolling Robots InvenTeam will be working alongside InvenTeam Education Fellows, Michael Gallagher and Chelle Myrann.