New braking system offers a step in the right direction

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Bicycle-style squeeze brakes are standard equipment on many rolling walkers. But older and weaker residents can find them difficult to use. Biomedical engineering students from Cornell University have addressed this problem by creating an electronic braking system. Their “Smart Walker” uses buttons instead. These walkers start in the braked position, and low-strength users need only touch a button to electronically disengage the brake and begin moving. It's a simple solution. But it's likely to give many residents the confidence they'll need to get back on their feet.