To live an active life brings many benefits physically, mentally and socially. And being active is even more important for people who are held back by physical challenges, such as leg paralysis, cerebral palsy and amputations to keep track on these vital advantages.
For those with physical disabilities such as leg paralysis, this is of even greater importance. Through industrial design and branding, EGGS has upgraded Spike from mere medical aid to that of high-performance sports gear.
Flexibility and ease of use
Spike's users have different needs depending on their level of disability and strength. For example, it's no trouble adjusting the position of the leg or knee supports, along with the inclination of the seat. Spike is easy to steer and control and has a very comfortable sitting position. It's designed to be robust enoughfor training on both asphalt and gravel, so it not only caters to people's individual needs but also variousstyles of training.
Thanks to its convenient size and simple folding mechanism Spike is easy to handle, making the user less dependent on help from others.
Cooperation between the startup Exero and EGGS Design
Spike started as a project at NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology), with Exerofounded by students from the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship and mechanical engineering programs there. The company developed a functioning prototype of Spike before EGGS helped refine the product design to make it more effective and mass appealing. Participating in this process was also Mathias Hansson from Hansson Design, who contributed with industrial design.
EGGS also developed Exero's brand identity to match Spike's sporty look.
Available through NAV
Thanks to its versatile design and high-quality build, Spike has been approved as a medical aid by NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration). Consequently, NAV allows those who qualify and are under the age of 26, to get Spike with 100% public funding, while those over 26 get it with 90% public funding.
The jury's first reaction was "I also want one like that", and it confirms that Spike is a successful renewal of a product in a category characterised by what we might call a bit of aesthetics derived from pure function. Here, the distinction between aids and sports equipment is eliminated in an elegant and form-fitting way, making Spike appealing to other user groups other than disabled.DOGA Award's jury