The conventional wheelchair is great for mobility, but it comes with its own set of problems. For example, for people who use wheelchairs, prolonged seating results in a lot of secondary health problems such as poor blood circulation and pressure sores.
Need for innovation !!!
So ,how was it developed?
“In the first stage, a hand-operated, linkage-based mechanism was developed to achieve the standing functionality. A proof-of-concept prototype was used to validate the functioning of the standing mechanism.
Group members: 1. Shivam Patil IT 2. Satyakam Patel IT 3. Sarthak IT 4. Tanmay IT
How is it different from the regular wheelchair..?
IIT Madras makes affordable "Standing wheelchair"
How does it work ?
We use gas springs that can be adjusted to suit the users weight. Irrespective of weight, we use the same gas springs. Its position can be adjusted in the mechanism and that helps us to customise it to each user’s weight.
It will bring health benefits as well as the confidence to the users,” said Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot.
And it only costs Rs 15000
The wheelchair has been designed and built in such a way that that effort required for the user to stand using it is equal to or less than that of moving the wheelchair, as they have used a linkage with spring balancing system.