Cobb, Eben C.
Pedestrians in urban New England face dangerously icy conditions which create a slipping hazard and can lead to serious injury. One way to reduce this hazard is through footwear traction systems. There are several products on the market, such as crampons and ice cleats, but they are cumbersome and inconvenient because they are removable devices that should only be worn on frozen surfaces. This forces users to attach or remove the system with every surface change. Conversely, a retractable traction system streamlines the transition between dry pavement, icy pavement, and indoor flooring. This project introduces such a system through a scale prototype of a modular half-shoe retractable spike mechanism.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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