Boomer : A User Friendly Walking Aid for Eldery People

Daniel Molloy, a student of Monash University, has designed Boomer, an excellent tool that provides mobility aid to the quickly increasing elderly population. Boomer is emphasizing most on safety and aims to diminish the risk of stair-related falls, which is an identified major public health concern among the elderly community. The design key innovation is the stair compatible function to allow mobility aid by transforming from a simple walker into a gadget that facilitates the user to go up and down on the stairs safely. In fact, the Boomer mobility aid is an exceptional combination of user friendly qualities in a modern form.

boomer mobility aid for the elderly people

boomer mobility aid for the elderly people


Daniel says :
Many products that are targeted at the elderly seem to acquire the stigma of old age, and are either rejected outright or used reluctantly. Despite the substantial health benefit and functional efficiency of todays walking aids, the negative appearance and notion of self-image repels some elderly people’s desire to use them in normal social settings. In response to the utilitarian forms and hospital aesthetic of much of todays elderly targeted products, The boomer mobility aid has a modern, organic, user friendly form and aims to move away from this stigma and create a new modern aesthetic for elderly mobility aids.

boomer mobility aid for the elderly people

boomer mobility aid for the elderly people

Designer : Daniel Molloy



29 thoughts on “Boomer : A User Friendly Walking Aid for Eldery People

  1. Dear Daniel my name is Carla I am female 63 & I live in Sydney Australia I read about your new invention the BOOMER just recently in a magazine I am very interested in finding out if it's available for sale & where? I had a major fall 8 years ago that left me after 12 interventions on my right ankle with a fused & shorter leg, I am cumming to America in July 2009 for 10 days and if it's for sale would love to purchase one from you & bring it back to show it off to other disable friend maybe I can do some advertising for your product, I would love to hear from you even if it's not for sale just yet, yours truly Carla.

  2. Dear Daniel I feel like a fool someone told me that Monash University was in America & of course I did not make sure of the fact I now know that it's based in Melbourne Australia but all that I wrote to you before still stand so please pardon an old fool thank you Carla

  3. Hi Carla,

    Thank you very much for showing your interest in the Boomer mobility aid for the elderly. The Boomer was my final year project in my Industrial Design course at Monash university last year. At this stage it is just a student university project, so unfortunately it is not in production or for sale. I would be very interested if anybody was looking to help take the design further and possibly develop into production stage.

    Thanks again for showing your interest in the project,

    all the best,

    Daniel Molloy.

    • Hi Daniel,

      You have to follow through! I know it's not easy, because I have a great product too and I'm struggling.
      But neither you or I, I imagine are struggling as much as the people we hope to serve and protect.
      Daniel, not everyone is gifted with invention or design skills. If we don't do it, who will.
      I sincerely hope you find the way to industrialize the Boomer and make it a commercial success not only so you can receive your due, but so that perhaps thousands if not millions can be saved from the unnecessary pain, injury and perhaps even death from a preventable fall.

      Good luck my friend, hang tough!

  4. Hi Daniel,

    How did you prototype this? Its a big product! It must have cost you a lot of money for a final year project!

    Jonny

  5. Must for ALL hospitals & the US VA system alone & clinics, senior care centers.

    Produce this worldwide.

    Major demand for.

  6. This is an amazing piece of equipment i am studying occupational therapy at university in glasgow and have a case study assignment – woman with ms 36 years old having falls and difficulty negotiating stairs there is no equipment suitable for a 36 year old woman .. this design is amazing good luck and i hope to see it in production and in use when i qualify in 2010 🙂

  7. Hi, I have a 9 year old son with cerebral palsy that I have been looking for a mobility trolley for around the house so that he can move around with drinks/toys etc. Do you or anyone know if I can find such a thing or how to get something made that doesnt look like its for old people?

  8. Hi Daniel,
    We are students that are interested about your design product for elderly people. Now, we're doing our final project, and trying to produce a sample for our project. We would like more information about the product so we can be able create something similar to it.

  9. Hi Daniel,
    I am a UK entrepreneur looking for innovative products for the elderly. I could be interested in helping further develop this design, so please get in touch by email.

  10. Carla,
    I am interested on this product and I would like to make modifications on this product to make it more adapt to patient needs . If u are interested to proceed further , please contact me at abymthomas74@yahoo.com
    I am a physical therapist and I think I can come up with some good modifications to it. If possible , please reply as soon as possible.
    Thomas

  11. Hi Daniel,

    I'm interested in getting this product into my store. Is this product still in a testing phase or are you selling live? I think this can greatly help with a certain portion of my customers.

  12. Daniel,

    Interested in bring your product to the London market through the National Health Service UK.

    Let me know when we could speak further on this.

    Kind regards,

    Rory A McEvoy

  13. Hi Daniel,
    We are a Malaysian company interested in securing agency for your product in the South East Asian region. Can you please contact us?

    Thank you

    Harold

  14. We are a manufacturer/distributor of healthcare. We are very interested in your product please let me know how we can contact you to discuss your walker. We would be interested in helping take the design further. Please let me know how we can contact you.

  15. Hi Daniel, I'm representing a group of students on a marketing project & we're interested to know the price range for Boomer. Please kindly advice! Thank you.

  16. Hi, Daniel, is there any product specification which can send to me? I am University student and would like to follow up your amazing product with further enhancement. Thank you.

  17. who is the author of the photographys? i'm writing a scientific article and I wanna now if there is any copyright?

  18. Designer Daniel Molloy, has it right. This isn't your grandfather's walker.

    Mobility aids and all other assistive technology products formally a.k.a. "Handicap" products have had, creepy, clinical, and rickety aesthetics. No one has ever whated to adopt the signature statements these decade old products project upon the user. So for years only the most desperate would succumb to their use. In fact, in many cases these prior products were targeted at price points that not only resulted in ugly aesthetics but also compromise the integrity of construction resulting in inadequate strength, stability and utility. So I say HOORAY for Daniel! This product has targeted new and important functionality and looks great! If it lives up to it's utility claims as well as it obviously does for it's aesthetics, a lot people are going to be proud to own one and feel more confident in using it to remain active in the Social-Economic Environment. This is a BIG deal! Kudos!

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