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When Was the First Outdoor Rollator Invented?
Have you ever wondered when the first outdoor rollator was invented?
We did a little bit of research and found these interesting facts about Outdoor Rollators: The first US patent for a walker was called "walking aid" was awarded in 1953 to Mr. William Cribbes Robb, of Stretford in England. It was filed 4 years earlier in 1949 with a British patent office, followed by wheeled and non-wheeled options. It is crazy to graspe that it was this late for mankind before someone would actually patent a simple walking aid with wheels, when actually only sixteen years later technology was that far advanced, that we send the first man to the moon!
In 1978 a new generation of walkers was introducted by the Swedish polio sufferer Aina Witalk: The "Rollator" was invented and branded as such. Although other sources are pointing towards Bernt Leander from Sweden. He was very humble stating that he may have had the idea to adding two more wheels to a two wheeled walking frame, but he would not agree that he invented the 4 wheel walker. Now, the name rollator is merely a generic name for this wheeled walking device. Back then, those rollators did not yet have attachments such as can holders, or shopping bags, but they basically worked back then like they are doing it today.
Fortunately for our generation today, rollators are availble in many sizes and colors and hip designs. Sizes range from pediatric rollators sizes to medium size rollators and even larger size rollators for very tall people - Some rollator companies offer one-handed brakes, for people with a weakness in one hand or the other hand, both wheels will be stopped, even if the one-handed brake is used. Also some new rollators with air-filled and agressive knobby tires in various tire sizes, or even soft tire rollators, are now available. Those tires are excellent choices for off-road or all-terrain uses and allow a better rehab approach since the user is able to regain access to the outdoors in a safer way than he was able before. The Air-filled tire rollator from Veloped enables the user to have less vibration for the hands. These hey are often welcomed by arthritis users. It allows the user to walk with the rollator for longer and extended periods of time without the hands getting numb or starting to tingle.
Another new and inventive idea from the company Topro, Norway are the quick-release tires, which now enable the user to quickly "pop" the tires off or on, to exchange them to a different set, depending on which terrain they want to use their rollator on. The tires can be optinal soft or hard, color choices are available from bold pink to turquoise color with optional agressive knobby rear tires available.
And last but not Least: The Disabled Dog walker! We love the Dog walker!
All-Terrain Medical offers rollators from Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. Rollators for Indoors and Rollators for Outdoors also called All-Terrain rollators; Even Rehab rollators are available. The cost for the rollators ranges from $50.00 up to about $1,300 if rollator accessories are added.