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A standing frame for paralyzed people

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-03-10 12:21

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After enrolling in college, Alan started thinking about ways to improve his life, and how he could open his business. At first, he created a prototype for a wheelchair.

“I had three objectives in mind: (1) I wanted a chair that was lightweight and rigid (2) I wanted a chair you could make narrower while in it, i.e. small bathroom doors (3) I wanted a chair that would fold as small as a briefcase with the wheels off”, the inventor observed.

But he wasn’t satisfied. “We created several fairly innovative products but the one thing always on my mind was from my rehab and college experience in 1976. I wanted to stand and I wanted it to be easy for me and for others”, the innovator stated.

So, in 1988, Alan began designing a standing frame.

“I wanted to be from my wheelchair to standing in seconds (my goal was under a minute) and I wanted to feel more secure. I figured the best method was to transfer to a seat with a back and have it lift you”, he said.

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Alan Tholkes, born in America, in 1958, was left paralyzed after he had a car accident in 1976. He invented EasyStand, a structure that allows paralyzed people to stand with a desk in front of them.

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