"Walking Chair"

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The Walking Chair has been a godsend to me and my family.  My pain levels are way down, my physical fitness is much improved, my cultural opportunities have expanded to the broadest of my life, and I can be a much better husband.  I hope there is a way for others in a similar position to myself to experience similar benefits.

WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT OR BETTER?

 

I needed to invent the “Walking Chair” because the walkers currently on the market are really designed to help someone who needs to walk only a few feet, or who have a balance problem that requires support in a number of directions.  These regular walkers, known as “Rollators”, typically have a hard seat, a single metal bar for a backrest, and handholds that require the arm to be straight up and down.  Good for balance, but not good for sitting or for walking any distance, especially over parkland or other uneven terrain.

 

Further, although Rollators are made in my size, chairs at restaurants, theatres, friends houses, airports, and hotels are often not suited to me and can cause great pain.  I can never count on a suitable chair being where I need to go.  Now I generally have the most comfortable chair in the place.

 

I had found the sling seats and backs on traditional foldable wheelchairs extremely painful.  The Walking Chair sling seat is rigid and the fabric tense enough that the fabric sags only a little, and the tension is adjustable.  There is something about the “director chair” type sling on a normal wheelchair that allows the area around the spine to compress to the point where it is very painful for me.

 

Although some large person wheelchairs have gotten lighter, at the time I started this project I was hard pressed to find a portable wheelchair that weighed less than 100 pounds.

 

The Walking Chair weighs less than 20 pounds.  There is detailed information below the pictures.

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Honoring Our Wounded Heroes


Before we get to my endorsements, allow me to please introduce you to someone who I learned about (but have never met) in this process.  Kalev Sepp said in an email telling me about him, “Captain D.J. Skelton is a wounded veteran of the Iraq war, and is -- in my opinion -- the leading advocate in America for all the "wounded warriors" like himself.  Here's one of many articles about him, to give you an idea of his wide-ranging and positive influence:”

 

http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2008/1108_warriorcare/army_profile1.html

 

I could not agree more.  This a story of quintessential American service, courage and honor.  It is inspiring and humbling to learn of people like Captain Skelton.  Indeed, the inspiration for “My Walking Chair” was a radio news piece on Special Forces soldiers who lost limbs but had figured out how to climb Half Dome in Yosemite.  I remember thinking that if they could design special wheelchairs and climbing equipment to address their unique physical challenges, I should be able to invent something that solved my day-to-day hurdles.  I am indebted to all of these heroes personally, and I know you feel the same.

 

I also want to express my gratitude to all of the people who protect and serve.  Police, fire, military, medical, social and other people – me and my family are deeply grateful and thankful.  I don’t have the physicality to “take that hill” and they make their sacrifice for people just like me.  Wow.

 

Captain Skelton is a worthy representative of all these heroes.


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Compliments for The Walking Chair


Bob is an engineering and scientific genius on many levels, in many fields.  In addition to all his other work, he has designed and built a remarkable walker/chair I believe may be an excellent aid for several categories of wounded warriors.  I hope [we] can find a way to take advantage of [The Walking Chair] for the benefit of our troops.

 

- - Dr. Kalev Sepp, Professor, Naval Post-Graduate School; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Capabilities

 

 

It looks and sounds like an amazing concept! I myself have always thought someone should tweak walkers to make them more accessible and friendly.

 

- - Jonathan Kaufman, DisabilityWorks