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  Frequently Asked Questions

How did you come up with this idea?

The Freedom Walking Frame was invented after hearing the story of Monty Reed who was involved in a parachuting accident. His recovery included parallel bar therapy which was very expensive and limited. I learned of his story through the group sponsored by Monty has approached the problem by creating a robotic exoskeleton. See it at After hearing his story, I thought another way to solve this problem was to use the same thing that babies use to learn to walk - which is a baby walker or bouncer. This idea scaled up to hold an adult became the Freedom Walking Frame.

Who are you and what do you want?

My name is Franklin Hu. I grew up in the Seattle area and I graduated from MIT in 1986 with a degree in computer programming. I am an indpendent inventor working as a mild mannered computer programmer by day, but at night I work on various projects in science and other inventions. I am more interested in inventing than in starting a company which is why I am seeking a Licensee who can take over the liability, manufacturing and marketing issues. I think this idea could be very profitable for the right company and I am only looking to have some side income to supplement my inventing activities.

Are you going to patent this idea?

Yes, I am in the process of making a patent application for the unique design of the frame and harness.

Is your walking frame FDA approved?

The Freedom Walking Frame is classified by the FDA as a Class 1 mechanical walker. As such, there are no pre-marketing or approval processes required before sales can begin. Intellect Systems and the Freedom Walking Frame have been registered with the FDA for the sale of medical devices.

Can I invest in your company?

We are currently not seeking any development capital at this time. However, any donations to help defray the costs of developing the walking frame are welcome.

What makes your walking frame better?

The Freedom Walking Frame is superior solution for bearing the weight of a patient. Other devices exist, but they are much more expensive - starting at $3000. Other devices are so large, that they must be tied to a treadmill which is another additional cost. The Freedom Walking Frame is very small so it can be used anywhere.

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