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Power steering for a walking frame

Power steering for a walking frame 1 This client was unable to steer her heavy walking frame that she needed to develop strength in her legs.

The front castering wheels were replaced with wheels in straight forks. Power is provided from a cordless drill with two rechargeable batteries. The client steers the frame by using her thumbs as she grips the bar of the frame; by pressing on one switch the wheels turn to the left and on the other, to the right. A mirror tells her the wheel direction by giving view of a pointer attached to one of the wheel forks. An unlocking system allows the two rear wheels to caster, enabling a carer to help the client cope with very sharp turns.

Power steering for a walking frame 2

The client is now able to steer her frame along corridors at university and at home.

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