A New Saddle for the Dutch Walking AidBy Walther, A.W.; Technology and Disability, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 45-46
Publication Date: 2003
Article describing a prototype of an improved saddle developed for use with the Van Raam 1 walking aid for people with mobility disabilities. The saddle was designed to separate the vertical load on the hip bones from the horizontal load on the pubic bone by providing two separate sections: (1) a sitting half, and (2) a forward half, thus removing the load from the pubic region. The base of the saddle consists of three springs fitted to the saddle-pin. At the back of the seat, a small recess prevents pain near the coccyx. The front of the prototype consists of a near-vertical wooden support covered with a 2-centimeter thick pressfoam. The authors project that the next step in the design will be further development of the saddle, and trying to find a manufacturer.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )