The New Zealand invented nip-glide™ walker took on the world and won an innovation award at the Reva 2019 Trade Show in Belgium earlier this year. The show, which brings together manufacturers and suppliers of products, organisations offering services and associations of persons with a handicap or disability, was held for three days in Ghent.
Wellington designers Phil and Nina Bracen accepted the award for their nip-glide, a redesigned traditional walking frame. Nip stands for “New Independent People”.
Life Unlimited Charitable Trust, through its Mobility Centre stores in Lower Hutt, Hamilton, Gisborne, Tauranga and Rotorua, are the exclusive agents for the walker throughout New Zealand.
The walker is an inspiration for ageing people who want to keep their lifestyle and mobility, says Life Unlimited’s service and development manager Todd Stephenson.
The idea for the walker came when Nina was out for dinner at a restaurant; there was a big group of senior people, and one of the patrons stood out because she was sitting on her walking frame seat and she didn’t seem to be comfortable. That inspired Nina and Phil to invent the nip-glide walker.
One of the problems was the stigma of how current products looked, she said. A majority of people refuse to use them even though they need to because it makes them feel “OLD”, “DISABLED” and “SICK”.
The nip-glide walker is a stylish lifestyle product which people are proud to use at home and in the streets. It comes in three colours, “racing” red, black and grey with a number of accessories also available.