seatbelt-inspired walking aid ensures comfortable strolls with your elderly furry friends

seatbelt-inspired walking aid ensures comfortable strolls with your elderly furry friends

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meet steady, a walking companion for effortless walks 

 

Steady is a walking aid made for furry friends facing challenges during their strolls. Conceptualized by designers Jungmin Park, Chaewon Lee, and Seungha Baek, the seatbelt-inspired design offers vertical support, assisting elderly dogs with mobility issues to walk safely. The device includes a sensor for measuring walking data and analysis results. Senior dogs often encounter walking-related health issues, such as arthritis and disc problems. Recognizing the limitations of existing walking aids, the team partnered with the veterinary department of Zurich University to create a solution that prioritizes the dog’s comfort, freedom of movement, and adaptability to different terrains.

seatbelt-inspired walking aid ensures comfortable strolls with your elderly furry friends
the length of the product is easily adjustable, all images @aidenknow_

 

 

combine safety and convenience for dog walks 

 

Designed to cater to the well-being of senior dogs, Steady includes a user-friendly design, safety features, and analytical capabilities, serving as a practical companion for both elderly dogs and their owners. ‘To achieve this, we designed Steady based on the structure of a seat belt. It is an electricity-free solution that allows a flexible range of motion,’ explained the creators of the project, Jungmin Park, Chaewon Lee, Seungha Baek. Mimicking the seat belt’s safety mechanisms, the straps support the dog’s belly from behind, allowing unhindered walking. Adjusting the length of Steady is simple with a turn of the knob, accommodating dogs of various sizes. The device easily integrates with joint-protective clothing, acting as a harness and connecting directly to the product for a straightforward preparation process before a walk.

seatbelt-inspired walking aid ensures comfortable strolls with your elderly furry friends
the clothes act as a harness and can be connected directly to the product

 

 

The strap part of Steady stretches and reduces like a seat belt, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit for both the dog and the handler. In case of a sudden rebound, the walking aid tightens securely, preventing accidents. A practical feature of Steady is its ability to stand securely by pushing the brake, allowing the dog and owner to take a break during their walk. The supporting structure can be rotated for convenient storage after use. The Steady app complements the physical product by analyzing and presenting information about the dog’s walking patterns, helping owners identify potential issues that may not be apparent in their pet’s regular behavior.

seatbelt-inspired walking aid ensures comfortable strolls with your elderly furry friends
the back height ranges from 250mm to 450mm seatbelt-inspired walking aid ensures comfortable strolls with your elderly furry friendsyou can get ready for a walk in 3 easy steps

 

 

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when you need to take a break with the dog while walking, Steady can be securely stood up by pushing the brake

seatbelt-inspired walking aid ensures comfortable strolls with your elderly furry friends

 

 

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the app analyzes and shows information learned about dog walking
the app analyzes and shows information learned about dog walking
 it is easy to identify walking-related issues in dogs that may not be apparent in their usual behavior
it is easy to identify walking-related issues in dogs that may not be apparent in their usual behavior
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project info:

 

name: Steady
designers: Jungmin Park, Chaewon Lee, Seungha Baek

model: @studio_workson@ssalbablee

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina petridou | designboom

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