by personal stories of disappointment in current walkers used by co-founders’
family members, Motivo today is introducing the future of independent walking
aids with the Motivo Tour.
Making A Walking Aid Functional
Motivo Tour is an entirely new type of walking aid, designed to provide not
only greater independence and far superior ergonomics, but also a greater sense
of pride and personal style.
Knopow, a designer and co-founder at Motivo, saw firsthand the challenges of
existing walkers when his father battled ALS. The basic two-wheeled, tennis
ball sporting walkers didn’t have any of the daily convenience features to help
him be more independent, including things like a seat, storage, or a tray for
same time, while four wheeled walkers on the market had some of these features,
their fixed seat design prevented his father from walking inside the unit and
upright the way doctors wanted him to walk.
Co-Founder Jennifer Harris had similar negative experiences with these products
when her mother needed a walker following an injury. Together with Knopow, this
team of designers began developing prototypes and conducting consumer
interviews to better understand the needs of the modern day walker user.
“As we looked at the ever growing population
of baby boomers and their parents, we thought we cannot be the only ones that
feel this way,” said Harris.
Crafted from aerospace technology, the Tour’s unique monocoque design allows
users to walk inside the unit and upright instead of behind the device and hunched over as
is the case with most rolling walkers on the market today. This monocoque structure provides unmatched stability
and nearly limitless design options compared to current metal tube walkers,
while still allowing
the Tour to be as light or lighter than other walkers with even fewer features.
later, after more than 300 hours of consumer testing and hundreds of hand built
prototypes, the pair have filed multiple U.S. and International patents and are
on the verge of manufacturing the Motivo Tour, with the help of the current Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
of entrepreneurs has not only worked tirelessly reinventing the world of
walking aids, but they’ve also done so while ensuring that the Motivo Tour is
Made in the USA, right in their home state of Wisconsin.
Crowdfund Your Way to Better Mobility
the Motivo Tour is making its global debut via a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign,
designed to introduce the Tour to the world and raise funds to enable the
interested in supporting a better walking experience for themselves, their
parents, grandparents or anyone else can contribute as little as $1 to the
campaign or can pre-order a Tour at a special early bird rate (http://igg.me/at/motivotour).
more than 10,000 new baby boomers are retiring, and nearly every one of them
will likely need a little extra help getting around at some stage of their life,”
said Knopow. “The Motivo Tour is our way to hopefully make that the best experience
possible for them.”
unique convenience features on the Tour include a stow away padded seat, a folding
tray with multiple cup holders, and private storage for personal items that
doesn’t have to removed or emptied out when folding the Tour up for transport.
completion of the crowdfunding campaign, the Motivo Tour is scheduled to be
available in the fall of 2014 via their website at Motivolife.com and at select
retailers across the country.
Founded in 2012, Motivo was established on the premise that products should be designed for people not patients. Headquartered in Franklin, WI, the Motivo founders leverage their combined 40+ years of product design experience to bring that mission to life. Motivo products are expected to be available by the fall of 2014 and are Made in the USA. Visit the company at www.Motivolife.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MotivoLife, or follow them on Twitter at @MotivoLife.