Those who intend on growing old (hopefully everybody) are going to want to check out the Isowalk. It's a new type of cane developed by Ron Goldberg. Goldberg's design is meant to be safer, ergonomic and electronically connected -- that's right, a cane that can talk to a smartphone.
For starters, the Isowalk has a unique, foot-shaped nub that helps stabilize the cane. The cane also has shock-absorbing material and a handle that swivels to accommodate those who are left-handed or right-handed. Goldberg also plans to integrate wireless connectivity into the Isowalk.
This technology could be used to track the recovery of a person who has been injured. It could also be used to change the shock-absorbing function of the walking stick as the terrain changes. People are living longer, so it's time to start rethinking the design of our elderly aids -- yes, someday you too will be old.