Tread-Walk – The Perfect Mobility Solution for the Disabled and Elderly!

This is what we call making use of technology for the betterment of mankind. The Tread-Walk was designed by the Waseda University Tokyo, Japan. The core concept behind the vehicle is to provide a better way of moving around for the disabled and elderly people.

They don’t need wheelchairs or they don’t need to be dependent on others once they have this. It’s a super vehicle that is easy to balance, and is sturdy enough to be taken out on the streets.

The Tread-Walk is easy to operate and can easily avoid hindrances and collisions on the streets which might be a trouble for the elderly and the disabled. It’s a great vehicle that would allow them to smoothly move through the crowd or tough streets. The Tread-Walk is defined as an amplified walking system by the designers that would let the user drive the thing himself. They won’t need assistance in moving around thus making it easier for them to have the fun of life.

How does it work?

It’s not an electric Segway that can be simply driven. There is a different mechanism employed in the Tread-Walk. The user needs to walk on the treadmill to make the thing move. Now, when the user walks the speed is actually amplified to about 1.5 to 3 times making it move faster. The good part here is that the user gets to exercise as well as move around at the same time. It is a great way of making sure that the elderly and the disabled get enough exercises, and they keep in practice while moving around. The Tread-Walk was on display at the Good Design Expo 2010 and it literally amused the crowd.

Is that all?

Well for now, yes, but seeing this we can hope for much better things. Surely, the creators have employed their efforts into something that is worth appreciating. We see all kinds of fun and destructive technological stuff but the Tread-Walk is a testimonial to the fact that technology for sure makes our lives better. It’s just the way we see it!

Check out some more rides here: Theft-Proof Cycle and The TS-Tricycle.

Via: Gizmowatch

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