TOPRO : Pegasus
The rollator is an aid which can, through its aesthetics, stigmatize the user as weak, sick, tired or old.
With a growing degree of elderly in the society and young disabled people in need of a rollator, Topro wants to reduce this stigma and offer an alternative that reflect their modern lifestyle.
Through an insight process Eker Design gained knowledge about the users and user situations, all to create a foundation for the following phases. Through an iterative concept phase, the different concepts naturally evolved using simple ideation sketches, rendered sketches, functional prototypes and VR models. Working closely with end users and Topro, we were able to engage all stakeholders to be behind the decisions that was made.
With use of 3D printed parts, DFM and composite prototypes, full scale product evaluation and ride tests were performed in cooperation with Topro. All done to ensure a robust/high-quality product with a production friendly design for their production line at Gjøvik, Norway. In parallel to the mechanic concepts and engineering, the team did a manufacturer qualification and selection.
The result is Topro Pegasus – A rollator with elegant design, intuitive functions and compact transport size. The nature of the single frame design provides a stiff and robust design with low weight and high stability. In combination with the partly integrated brake system we were able to create a more seamless and appealing aesthetics. The position of the new smart and functional shopping bag provides the user good overview and the secure reflectors provides increased safety for the user. In combination with refined and well tested technical solutions, we ensured the Pegasus to have the well-known quality from Topro. In addition to product design and engineering, we created the Pegasus logo design and product graphics.
We all hope Topro Pegasus will create enthusiasm among many different users, and that this will result in a shift in the market from a focus on cost to a modern lifestyle product. A shift that will support our common goal of reducing the stigmatization of people using rollators.
After all we are all living in world of diversity, let us embrace it!
Topro Pegasus – Designed and manufactured in Norway
Eker Design – From sketch to final product