Benjamin Clarke

Benjamin Clarke

Industrial Design & Technology BA

Otto

Walking companion

Falling is the main cause of mortality amongst the UK's 10 million older people. With the population of older people in the UK set to double by 2050 the need to reduce the risks of falls is growing and an important issue to address. Otto is a premium rollator developed through research with the older population, designed to combat problems with current walking aids which lack design acumen, reducing their independence and inhibiting the quality of their lives. Otto's unique Scandinavian inspired birch plywood construction is optimised to improve posture, and provide unobtrusive aid around the home. Whilst leather and fabric touch points create a tactile user experience, providing people with a heightened sense of reassurance and self-confidence in their later years.