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Wind-up walking stick unveiled by Trevor Baylis


Trevor Baylis, the pensioner who invented the wind-up radio, has unveiled his latest gadget – a walking stick which uses elbow grease to power a built-in torch and safety lights.

The lightweight collapsible Slik-Stik also carries a personal alarm and has a magnet to solve the tricky issue of how to pick up dropped keys for those who are not as flexible as they once were.

The stick was the brainchild of Denise Anstey, who realised the gap in the market after she was left with severe mobility problems after a car accident.

She got in touch with Mr Baylis’s company, TCL Products, who turned her idea into the finished product which is to go on sale priced around £35.

Mrs Anstey, 44, from Bristol, said: “When I was walking I felt very vulnerable, a walking target.

“I thought it would be good for the elderly to have something they could immediately press to alert people to help.

“I didn’t want batteries which are very costly and difficult to change. I found the wind-up technology and didn’t know whether it would be powerful enough to power the stick – fortunately it was.

“I contacted the company on the Monday and on the Friday they were in China to get it manufactured.”

The stick has won the approval of Mr Baylis, 71, whose own wind-up radio, patented around 17 years ago, used a clockwork system, powered by a spring.

Modern wind-up systems produce electricity, giving the devices longer life.


March 21, 2009 - Posted by | Entertainement, nature, People

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