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Braun Prize 2012 - Agil

Agil – Flexible Walking Aid

Sebastian Reichel Global Gold Award: Students


Walking is a basic need of our locomotion system. For elderly people or those recovering from injuries, it is an excellent exercise for remaining fit and healthy.

“Agil” is an adaptive walking aid with responsive and flexible polymer support structures designed to maintain a high level of freedom and sensitivity while walking.

“Agil” allows for a natural walking motion since it provides a more even distribution of body weight, thus creating an equilibrium that reduces the incidence of tumbling. Walking can remain dynamic and spirited, thus promoting health or supporting the recovery process.

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Finding of the jury

Jurors were positive about “Agil”. They felt that focus here was on the right economic solution and the right functionality. It is an improvement over the current product, achieving more comfort. It is adapted to human function, rather than forcing the user to adapt to it. The overall opinion was that “Agil” was well thought through, from how it responds to contact with the ground and a dynamic, almost life-like response to human motion, to its ergonomic form that supports the hand and elbow. It uses flexible material to provide more spring. The jury stated that, compared to other products in the market, it is a good optimization of an existing product. It is more rounded and has a better design. In general, it was considered to be a big step in the right direction. One juror commented that it was not a revolution, but rather an evolution, showing that improvements can be made even to those products that seemed to be finally evolved.
Sebastian Reichel

Sebastian Reichel

2004 – 2006 Basic studies, University of Applied Sciences Dresden, Department of Industrial Design, Germany
2006 – 2007 Internship, Greutmann Bolzern, Zurich, Switzerland
2007 Internship, Neumeister+Partner, Munich, Germany
2007 – 2008 Study abroad, Erasmus, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
2008 –2011 Diploma course, Weißensee School of Art Berlin, Department of Industrial Design, Germany
2011 – 2012 Freelancer, Jakob Timpe Spaces+Objects Johannes Kiessler Designkoop, Berlin, Germany
Since 2012 Lecturer design technologies, UAS, Potsdam, Germany