The Transformable Crutch is designed for short-term users. It has height adjustability and foldability functions and enables a user to alter the crutch by changing its upper section.
The overall aim of this project was to improve everyday life for people with reduced mobility. This crutch helps users perform everyday activities easier and to feel more comfortable. It provides:
- Better mobility
- Better stability
- Ability to switch from one type of crutch to another. This not only allows the user to relax overworked parts of the body, but helps him or her to perform different actions.
The accessories include: 1) a special crutch bag for carrying small personal belongings on the crutch when walking, and 2) a backpack for carrying bigger things and/or storing the crutch when it is not in use.
The appearance of a crutch is also very important to users. It has to support their self-esteem and not stand out as being an assistive device. This concept lets a user choose individually between colour, material and accessories. When a user can modify and personalize his assistive device, he likes it better.
The Transformable Crutch project has focused on short-term users, but is also suitable for long-term users as well. The suggestion would be to remove height adjustability function and cut it individually according to user’s body measurements.
MA degree project 2008