September 28, 2021 I was in a tire store and a lady came in with her walker – the really cheap one with 2 wheels at the front and just legs dragging on the ground in back. She was heavy and bent over from the exertion. I said to her “you need a walker with a platform and motors so you can stand and drive it”. She said ” tell Chris here at the tire store to call me when you have it”.
So here it is – I am writing this page for the Upwalker CEO Craig Shugert and the founder, Dave Purcell, to see what I have in mind. Below is my first draft of my patent application drawing. It uses off the shelf motorized scooters similar to this one –
So, Mr. Shugert and Mr. Purcell, I look forward to working with you to bring this to market. I hope you find it as neat as I do.
So I drew my idea here – you can see the scooters have braces at the front to make the assembly rigidly upright and there is a link from one to the other for one hand steering. The motion is started and stopped by a one hand control that accelerates when squeezed and slows or brakes when let go.
Below you see that each scooter offers a platform for standing while driving and the space between allows for walking when desired.
The cost of this should not be much more than 2x the price of the scooters and a prototype should be easy to make from off the shelf scooters.
Here is another way – to use scooters off the shelf – and use their controls.