Nickpour F., O’Sullivan C. (2016) Designing an Innovative Walking Aid Kit; A Case Study of Design in Inclusive Healthcare Products. In: Langdon P., Lazar J., Heylighen A., Dong H. (eds) Designing Around People. Springer, Cham
This paper examines how products can be redesigned to allow flexibility for changes in a user’s condition to give them control and ownership over their care, while offering viable, cost-effective and sustainable healthcare solutions. By focusing on the case study of the Evolvable Walking Aid Kit, we aim to investigate to what extent a modular system which has been designed to incorporate principles of affordability, evolvability and emotional durability can benefit patients. The Evolvable Walking Aid is a modular kit which can be assembled to form a walking stick, crutches, a walking frame, and variations of these aids depending on the individual’s stage of their condition and fitting their anatomy. A co-design process was adopted across all stages of the project and two distinctive contexts, i.e. developing and developed regions of the world were targeted for design development. Through this case study, the rationale and potential for application of this concept to a broader context of inclusive design is suggested.