Walk Assist

What if I told you that the next great advancement in mobility was attached to your rear and legs and appeared as though your bottom half was harnessed into a parachute without the chute? Honda seemed to think it was a great idea. They even named it – the Walk Assist.

Such a big idea is it, that the Walk Assist appeared in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s  “National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?” exhibition. The purpose of this contraption is to advance the technology of human mobility. In other words, it’s supposed to help you get up and walk easier. The idea is interesting, but the execution, though I’m sure groundbreaking as it is, seems a little socially awkward. Take for example this photo from Honda’s website.


While the gentleman man benefit greatly from this contraption, I can’t help but envisioning some punk watching Mr. Walk Assist proudly make it up the flight of stairs, only to push the poor guy down to the landing.

Fortunately, not all of Honda’s ‘glamour shots’ are as uncomfortable as this one. My favorite is this image below. Nothing says smart, technologically advanced and innovative as a Japanese Astronaut walking on some distant planet in the Milky Way.

Honda Walking Assist

I don’t know where he is or where he’s supposed to be, but it looks like he stole the outfit from NASA and hocked a pair of sneakers from a nurse.

On a separate note, the whole reason for this post was because I wanted to tell everyone about Museum Day hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. It happens annually and took place on Sept. 25 this year. For the 6th year in a row, museums all over the country offered free admission for the entire day. Definitely worth checking out next year.

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