Introducing the Cane Minder

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

Final Cane Minder prototype designed and developed by Ian Bigham of newapparatus.com

And no, I’m not talking about the seasonal “candy” variety we are so familiar with this time of year! I’m talking about the kind that aids the mobility of an increasingly large number of people over a certain age.

As many of you know, if you have read any of my blog posts, I work with a gentlemen by the name of Ian Bigham of newapparatus.com. He is the mechanical engineer who has built all the specialized jewellery equipment I use in my jewellery making. Thanks to his genius, and his ability to understand my production requirements, he was able to create equipment that helps make the thousands of precious metal rings which are the signature of my chainmaille jewellery.

This is what Ian loves to do – dream up and create things that make people’s lives easier and more productive. I am just one of many businesses he has helped with their production problems.

His latest adventure is something very near and dear to him and it will make many people’s lives easier. He has designed and built a prototype for a 3D printed attachment for a walking cane. Here’s how this latest creation came to be.

Ian was home visiting his elderly parents and their friends, and learned that for people who use a walking cane, a common complaint is what a nuisance they are when you are not using them. He noticed how many times they got dropped or knocked over, making it hard for the user to bend down and pick them up. Wouldn’t it be better if you could you prop them up somewhere close by so that they could be easily grabbed when needed?

Ian was sure there must be something on the market. But when he looked into it, there were few existing options, and they weren’t ideal and didn’t solve the problem completely. So, he did what Ian does best!! He invented his own solution. It’s simple. It’s ideal and it does solve the problem completely, as demonstrated by his prototype.

To finance the initial production, Ian has launched a Kickstarter Campaign, through his company newapparatus.com. To see and hear his story, please visit his Kickstarter Campaign

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/446025062/cane-minder

I have seen the Cane Minder in the flesh. It is a beautiful, simple-to-use piece of 3D printed engineering. It will definitely solve the frustrating problem of canes falling or being knocked over while not in use. I backed his Kickstarter campaign and I will be delivering those cane minders to my friends in need when they arrive in January.

Three ways to use your Cane Minder; hung from a table or counter, propped up against a wall, hung from the Cane Minder pre-cut hole on a coat rack.

If you, or anyone you know, could use a Cane Minder, please consider supporting Ian’s Kickstarter campaign. He is 87% funded as of today and needs to achieve his goal by December 31, 2017.