Kim Goodsell is the embodiment of the “empowered patient,” taking control of her health and her future in many ways. She proactively self-diagnosed her conditions at a genomic level, understands the degenerative nature of her disease and intends to meet it head-on. “We always find ways to keep moving,” says Kim, who along with her husband, CB, started their company as a way to cope with the onset of her genetic disorder.
Determined to overcome the challenges of her disease, Kim initiated a project with DDSTUDIO to design and develop a mobility experience, including a product that will supplement her high-performance road bike. As an extreme athlete, Kim is used to cycling 50 miles a day, kite-surfing, and rock climbing. With the discovery of her genetic condition, she realizes that her mobility will deteriorate over time, thereby limiting her sporting activities. Despite this, she expects to stay socially active.
People with diminished mobility no longer accept the idea of being homebound; unable to socialize and live independently. Instead, they are taking control of their healthcare by demanding appropriate experiences that allow them to enjoy the freedom of a stress-free, mobile life.
The current solution to mobility challenges is the cumbersome and inefficient walker, which further stigmatizes and hampers the lives of those in need of assistance. Our solution—PAT (Pedestrian Assistive Technology)—is a truly consumer oriented mobility platform, with the objective of encouraging our aging population and people with mobility challenges to enjoy a social life. The sleek, attractive and convenient PAT allows people to maintain their mobility, dignity and social calendar.
We learn through iterations of prototyping. We consider all the different usage scenarios and build something quick to test out. This really helps us understand what works and what doesn’t.
It was important that we accommodate a natural walking gait and provide support when needed. Through user testing, we discovered that people actually used more than just the handle for stability—they just grab whatever is in front of them, so it would have to be rugged. On top of that, people need to transport objects through tight spaces in the home, so carrying capacity and a compact form factor were priorities.
We focused on an alternative that looked, felt and operated like Kim’s high-performance sports gear and supported her desire to maintain an active, social lifestyle.
PAT is comprised of the same ultra-durable carbon fiber used in high-performance bicycles. The baskets are roomy enough to accommodate many custom needs, whether it’s shopping, moving around the office, walking around the neighborhood or meeting friends for dinner.
PAT is sturdy so that a user can grab hold of any part and remain balanced, without fear of it toppling. To ensure that it is easily foldable and transportable, we consulted with an origami master in designing the basket folds.
PAT is an example of how we understand the connected “patient of tomorrow,” and help them achieve peak experiences. With a customizable, beautifully proportioned, lightweight frame with precision components, we can now walk like we ride.
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