Brunel design student designs Parkinson’s Disease ‘laser shoe’ path finder shoe

A graduate has designed a “laser-guided shoe” that helps Parkinson’s disease sufferers walk without falling, was inspired to come up with her Path Finder shoe by her father’s illness.

Lisa Pape, who studied innovation design and engineering for a Masters at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, made a shoe that emits green light in front of the walker. Early tests suggest that it more than halves “freezing of gait” episodes.

Her Pathfinder Shoe was entered into a Dragon’s Den type competition organised by the Design Council and MedCity — set up to promote life sciences in London and the South-East.

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