Walking Stick Stool CombinationBy LoSecco, Rachel; Mollendorf, Joseph C.; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 180-181
Publication Date: 2010
Description of a device designed for individuals who walk with a cane and need an immediate, temporary place to rest. Designed by an engineering student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the walking stick stool combination consists of an aluminum shaft with two assemblies and two parts welded to it. A handle is at the top of the shaft, and below it is a square-shaped stopper, welded to the shaft to prevent the seat from folding inward when weight is applied. Below the stopper is an aluminum slider which moves along the shaft; attached to the slider are four aluminum arms for the seat part of the stool. A nylon cloth seat modified from a child’s camping chair is attached at the other end of the arms. A hole in the center of the seat allows the handle to come through it when the stick is used in walking mode. The legs of the device, fashioned from an old tripod, are attached on the shaft below the slider using a spring pin chained to the collar that holds the legs. An aluminum plate welded to the bottom of the shaft provides stability in stool mode and holds the legs down by means of notches cut into its edge when in stick mode. Also when in stick mode, the slider is down, the legs are folded inward, and both parts are held in place with Velcro. Total cost of the device was 64 dollars.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter11,SUNY%20Buffalo.pdf