My good friend Ron Goldberg has been working on bringing a revolutionary, intelligent (that means it has digital capabilities) walking assistant (cane) to market for a few years. Ron is a veteran writer in the consumer electronics industry and is highly regarded as an authority both in products and in the marketing of new technologies. I am not exactly sure how and why he came up with this new concept for canes, but he did, and he has been following his dream of introducing it while continuing to do his day job.
Yesterday, the dream came true for Ron and his wife Brenda. They officially launched the Isowalk, a walking assistant that will definitely replace primitive canes with ergonomics, biomechanics, and digital intelligence. Isowalk debuted on the popular Indiegogo crowdfunding site. Many new products and concepts now launch this way if they are still interested in raising funds for marketing budgets. The Indiegogo campaign will be live until July 25th and will be featured at the FashionWare wearable technology expo during CE Week in New York, June 26-27.
The press release announcing the product is below and the video above gives you a fabulous demo. Remember, you read it here first.
Isowalk is the first modern update of what is perhaps the world oldest technology by introducing the first digital walking stick. Holder of two U.S. patents, Kineticane, LLC will unveil its revolutionary digital cane at the January 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, assuming a successful campaign to raise marketing funds via Indigogo.
“We’re thrilled to unveil Isowalk through Indiegogo,” said company founder and CEO Ron Goldberg. “This human-facing technology fills a need that’s universal and very much in the spirit of the ‘crowd’ — we all know someone who needs help with walking at one time or another. Our prototypes have electrified everyone that’s seen and used them, and, through this campaign, we will not only bring Isowalk to market, but also add the intelligence that will make it an important new smart object for digital health applications.”
Groundbreaking design distinguishes Isowalk on numerous levels. First, a unique semi-spherical handle aligns the hand, wrist, and arm into ideal orthopedic positions, eliminating strain and maximizing leverage. Next, Isowalk’s innovative center of gravity produces a pendulum action that advances automatically for each new step or stop, to or from any angle, with virtually no effort required.
Isowalk’s personalized technology uses a patented omnidirectional shock relief system that conforms to each user’s weight, force, and specific gait, providing customized cushioning for every step. Isowalk’s hand grip, modeled from fine bicycles and reversible for left and right handed users, intelligently distributes weight and eliminates both the direct and associated body strains inherent to cane use.
Isowalk’s novel tip offers triple the ground contact of a conventional cane tip for superior stability and safety. A series of thin carbon fiber shafts, stronger than steel but lighter than aluminum, replace conventional aluminum tubes and wooden rods, and make a distinctive visual statement.
Isowalk’s crowdfunded Indiegogo campaign will also propel the deployment of the wireless platform that can enable a host of smart applications for this breakthrough device. “Smart” Isowalk models can transmit alerts, monitor and archive wellness and recovery data, provide short and long range location feedback, and more. Noted Goldberg, “Isowalk will be an important new carrier for connected applications. It’s wearable technology that the user doesn’t have to wear.”
Isowalk’s Indiegogo campaign runs through July 25. Indiegogo contributors will receive the first models, and general availability via e-commerce will follow.
Contributor perks, and demonstrations of Isowalk features, can be seen at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/isowalk-intelligent-mobility