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Steadystair
StairSteady invented by a 16 year old maker…

When not in use, the handle goes from the square section to a round at either the top or bottom of the stairs and so the handle folds away parallel with the wall and is unobtrusive. This allows the stairs to be used by both those with unlimited and limited mobility in the household.

Invented by Sheffield girl Ruth Amos who won the prestigious Young Engineer for Great Britain award for its creation, the StairSteady is produced in Sheffield, by one of the top engineering companies, to the highest standards and is distributed by her own company StairSteady Ltd.

StairSteady Ltd was set up in 2006 by Ruth Amos, when Ruth was just 16years old. It all began with her GCSE resistant materials project. The original project idea came about when Ruth’s teacher’s father had a stroke and was told he needed to continue to exercise but was unable to use his stairs. A StairSteady would have enabled him to do that.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Neil H says:

    Nice idea, congrats to the young student. Well played.

  2. Becky Stern says:

    I need one of these!

  3. screaminscott says:

    Also great after a late night out when you’ve had too much to drink, and need to get to the bedroom upstairs!

  4. Colecoman1982 says:

    An awesome idea.

    On a tangential note, in the immortal words of the fictional Inigo Montoya, I do not think that word means what you think it means. You should ask yourself why would someone with unlimited mobility need to use stairs in the first place? Wouldn’t it be easier for them to just fly up to the second floor?

  5. Colecoman1982 says:

    Rider: The previous comment was made in jest and should not be taken as a serious attempt at grammer nazi-ism.

  6. Alessandro says:

    A very smart simple solution for a serious problem that affects elderly people . Impressive, really.
    A.

  7. Simon says:

    Why don’t all the old people live in the cellars instead of the first floor then they only have to go down the stairs :)

    What’s really impressive is they took it and commercialised it from a school project. Shows what a great idea it must be.