7 high school students
including 3 rookies and 3 girls
Walking assistant for people
with Parkinson’s disease
World Innovation Champion in 2021
2nd most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's
6.3 Millions people around the world
200 000 people in France
60% of Parkinson’s patients are men
Average age of the patients: 55 years old
Physical and psychological symptoms
Our project aims at providing a solution for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease who develop a “Freezing” symptom.
This particularly disabling symptom can lead to dangerous situations, such as falls, and can cause the patient to limit or even abandon his or her movements.
The main objective of our system is to get the patient moving again, by giving him confidence and fluidity in his movements. This contributes to his autonomy.
The interest of our system is that it is simple to use, that it does not require complex settings like the models that fit on shoes, nor the presence of a cane. The hands are free, which greatly facilitates the patient’s movement.
Sudden immobility that can last a few seconds or a few minutes: the feet remain stuck to the ground, the person tramples and is unable to transfer the weight of his or her body to one leg in order to move forward; walking is then impossible.
First we consulted specialists from hospitals in Lyon and Lille.
We are in the prototype phase for the belt and the smartphone application.
The Walk Assistant has been specially designed to adapt to all users.
It is designed and manufactured to be discreet, light, comfortable and easy to use.
It has many assets:
A small idea of our work …
Plannification of workshops with patients and professionals
Design of a new version of our prototype
Building of a series of 50 prototypes
We are planning tests with volunteer patients and the support of physicians.
Creation of the final version
Passage from the prototype to a 1st version of the product.