Inventors Story

The StandUp Walker was invented by Howard Liles as an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During his senior year (2009-2010), Howard and a team of other students embarked on a design project that focused on mobility.

Howard and the student team conducted several visits and interviews with local residents and soon learned that there was a demand for a device that could assist individuals with mobility challenges in rising from a seated position. Recognizing that the basic walker design had not been altered much since the 1960's - Howard and the team began to invent. The team developed a design to complete the project; however, the walker development stopped upon graduation.

In 2010, Howard attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for his masters in mechanical engineering and brought his idea for the next generation walker to Atlanta. During his time at Georgia Tech, Howard was reinvigorated through a personal tragedy in which his grandmother suffered a severe hip injury due to a fall at home. Seeing her struggle to get up and move around inspired him to revisit the walker design and develop it to a commercially viable product so that people like his grandmother would not have to suffer when there was a way that they could be helped.

Howard felt internally compelled to further develop the walker. He engaged the Mobility Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (mobility RERC) at Georgia Tech and received a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) - a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2014, Howard's walker was introduced to Ken Paulus through Edison Nation Medical, with the hope that their team could help commercialize the innovation. After meeting with dozens of patients, caregivers, therapists, retailers, manufacturers and dealers, Ken's team felt that the StandUp Walker could be an industry game changer, and thus a company was formed in 2015.

StandUp Walker's team consists of professionals with over 100 years of collective experience within the Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Manufacturing and Financial Sectors. The StandUp Walker is designed and assembled in the USA. Its parent company, URise Products, is a specialty DME manufacturer and dealer. URise Products' mission is to provide a higher quality of life through innovative assistive mobility devices that help patients and caregivers avoid unnecessary injury and prolong independent living.