Mobility is a key topic at REHACARE. One reason for this is demographic changes. At REHACARE 2017, the Stuttgart startup company eMovements and its electric walker "ello" show how one is connected to the other and how the lives of many senior citizens can be made easier.
The eye-catching polo shirts from eMovements are hard to miss at the REHACARE. While the rest of the start-up company's team will be on hand at the booth in Hall 6 / B41, sales manager Alexander Giustolisi will represent the Stuttgart company from 1.30 pm in CCD Süd/ room 28.
In this day and age, mobility is the key to living a self-determined life in familiar surroundings for as long as possible. For the eMovements company from Stuttgart, self-determined living in old age means not to be dependent on others and to be able to do some light shopping on your own, possibly on foot. Daniel Rotting, who is in charge of media relations, explains the main idea behind the "ello" electric walker: "Our primary goal was to encourage older adults to keep moving, which is why we did not develop a traditional mode of transportation but rather an auxiliary aid that helps people move."
Four years ago, mechatronics student Max Kessler and his fellow students had the idea of developing an electric walker. There was a simple reason behind this idea: due to her age, the grandmother of one of the students had a difficult time to do her own shopping in the Swabian Alps. Back then, eBikes were right on trend, so why not use the thrust of an electric motor to make a walker more user-friendly? The students worked diligently on "ello" for four years and eventually created the startup company last year. Recently, the company has started to deliver the walker with its electric drive to its first interested customers. All new owners of the e-walker also receive detailed instructions on how to use the equipment. "Our quality product has to be fit for its purpose."
The electric walker’s mechanism supports seniors as they walk uphill and automatically brakes when they move downhill. "Ello also helps to avoid falls because it is only electrically powered when users press their thumb on the sensor. Once they take their thumbs off, 'ello' stops." The walker also features an integrated emergency alert system that sends a text message to preassigned contacts along with tracking information at the push of a button.
"We want to enable seniors to go shopping with the ability to cover longer distances on foot. We hope that 'ello' helps people to overcome some restrictions in everyday life." To ensure that the electric walker is tailored to its target audience, eMovements limited the number of control elements and also carefully took the needs of users in terms of element size and layout into consideration.
The eMovements team will demonstrate how easily even small auxiliary aids are able to simplify life and show the role electromobility can play as we age on Saturday, October 7, starting at 1:30 PM during an exhibitor presentation at the CCD Süd/Meeting Room 28.
Anne Hofmann (Translated by Elena O'Meara) REHACARE.com