Genesis Solano Uppo Walker
Uppo Walker is Silver Design Award winner in 2016 - 2017 Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Award Category.
Uppo Walker

Poor posture is a common problem in the senior adult age group. Unlike conventional walkers, Uppo helps the user develop good posture habits. Uppo is an assistive mobility device that is used to ensure the stability and balance of the user. One of the results of good posture, stability and balance is overall improved confidence. The telescoping arms and collapsable body allow Uppo to take up the smallest footprint possible when not in use. This allows for maneuverable transport which encourages use outside of the house.

Uppo Walker
Genesis Solano Uppo
Genesis Solano Walker
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Genesis Solano design
Genesis Solano

Genesis Solano is an Industrial Design student at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has a great sensibility to emotion and design. Finding a path where she can funnel all her passion for empathy and creativity, she surrounds herself with the world of art, books, and good friends. The simple forms of her designs creates an identity that is relatable to many people around the world and having that sensibility to touch others makes her a designer for people.

Charlene Lertlumprasert, Emma Lee, Genesis Solano, Gerrold Walker III, Lane Hering

Team Uppo is comprised of 5 design students at Virginia Tech. Currently, they are all in their 3rd year of their studies pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.