Student Turns Towing Solution Into Growing Business
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 2, 2005
SPRINGVILLE, UTAH--Two years ago, Sam Durst was a man with a problem that needed a solution: The active 20-year-old Utah Valley State College student with cerebral palsy wanted to be able to enjoy biking and hiking with his family.
The solution: A lightweight pull-behind trailer which would be strong enough to carry him, and which could be folded up small enough to fit in the back of a car.
In 2002, a team of engineering students at Brigham Young University designed a prototype for such a trailer. That design was later perfected to become his new Variable Function Transport, or VFT.
Now Sam and his brother Nick are letting other people know about their creation, in the hopes that it could help them, too. They have set up a website to introduce people to the VFT and, hopefully, to generate some sales.
"We have some friends who are interested in purchasing this," Sam told the Deseret News.
"UVSC student has wheels -- and a way to start business" (Deseret News)
Variable Function Trailer