Walker With Ski Attachment and BrakesBy Tasner, Anthony; Mollendorf, Joseph C.; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 194-195
Publication Date: 2010
Description of a modified walker for use on snowy or icy ground. Designed by an engineering student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Walker with Ski Attachment and Brakes was developed to allow individuals who use a walker to travel through wintery conditions with more ease than that afforded with a conventional wheel and stud model. A pre-existing walker was outfitted with traditional snow skis that were shortened and attached to the posts of the walker. The front posts were attached to the skis with a bracket machined to allow the front posts to swivel from front to back in order for the braking system to work. The rear posts of the walker have an aluminum brake peg. Also attached to the rear post is a brake plunger which works by pushing down on the back of the walker. A hole was drilled at the back of the ski to allow the brake peg to go through the ski when the back of the walker is pushed down, thus halting forward movement of the walker. Total project cost was 20 dollars.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter11,SUNY%20Buffalo.pdf