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This Innovative Mechanism Allows the Disabled to ‘Vertically Walk’ Up the Stairs with Ease

This Innovative Mechanism Allows the Disabled to ‘Vertically Walk’ Up the Stairs with Ease

This is the VertiWalk by ROMBOUT Frieling lab, a vertical walking system that helps those with disabilities, such as progressive MS, to “vertically walk” up the stairs, but it’s not automatic. This allows individuals to maintain their independence at home by being able to safely maneuver between floors while still getting exercise, having a sense of gratification, and keeping one’s quality of life intact.

While a user has some assistance vertically walking up, the VertiWalk doesn’t require power. Instead, the user must balance himself/herself between a footplate and a seat. By slightly balancing one’s weight back and forth, the user can move himself/herself up. This requires minimal energy.



In order to install a VertiWalk, all you need is 31.5 x 31.5 inches (or 80 x 80 cm) of space to build it. Because it isn’t dependent on power, the VertiWalk is especially beneficial for places that have limited electricity or no electricity at all.

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