The TGA Active Walker won the Award for Design Excellence by the Norwegian Design Council in 2007. There were 167 different innovative new products that were evaluated by the Design Council, and only 18 were given the award for industrial design.
The Award for Design Excellence is a leading award for design in Norway and is given to both manufacturers and designers who have cooperated on the development of products. The award is granted in recognition of the successful use of design as a strategic tool in product development and market communication.
The criteria for the award includes:
Innovation - Outstanding features and concept
Form and aesthetical quality
Holistic impression and coherence
Construction, choice of materials/choice of solution
Functionality and user advantages
In addition, the Jury specified that the product must already be in production, and have sales in international markets.
Elderly people of today do not wish to use products that can seem stigmatising. In designing the Active Walker, the manufacturer wished to develop a sturdy and functional walker with an attractive design that elderly users would want to use. The aim was to make the walker as light as possible, to fit it out with new functions and to give it an appearance that was not stigmatising.
The jury's verdict
"The Active walker has solved many challenges in a better way than that of its competitors. The Active Walker's handles can be adjusted without using tools. In addition, it features patented concealed brake cables, patented adjustable seat heights, a curb climber. All the handles are easy to locate and the use of plastic and aluminium gives it very little weight. Fine attention to detail, with the inclusion of a removable carrier bag under the seat and a separate holder for a walking stick, helps boost the impression one has of a well thought through product. All the functions work well. This product has been carefully designed with a sporty appearance adapted to a demanding and active user group."