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ProtoStar's high-tech medical walker, the LifeWalker Upright, provides more than mobility

ProtoStar's high-tech medical walker, the LifeWalker Upright, provides more than mobility

From the iconoclastic VW Beetle to the swanky Mercedes-Benz, the vehicle of choice for baby boomers has followed the arc of their lives. As members of that generation edge into elderhood, they're increasingly adopting another mobility device: a medical walker.

Boomers are twice as likely to use walkers and other ambulatory devices than the previous generation — 6.9% versus 3.3% — according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.

The global market for these devices is projected to nearly double in size from 2013 to 2020, to $8 billion annually. And medical equipment manufacturers are trying to offer an array of options, including...

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