This year, the Indian start-up GenElek Technologies is taking part in the Cybathlon 2020 which is a well-known competition where people with disabilities compete with each other by using the advanced assistive devices.
GenElek makes its debut at the Cybathlon 2020 through the Powered Exoskeleton Race using a robotic exoskeleton, this one is a major event attracting top organizations. From the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Chandigarh, Two ex-Indian Army soldiers Arun Pal and Ajit Kumar Shukla are representing GenElek in the event.
The top para-athlete Arun Pal said, He is very excited for the Cybathlon 2020 and to take part in it with the exoskeleton. The exoskeleton can be easily worn for a long time since it's very light and comfortable.
Through the exoskeleton, GenElek Technologies aims to provide mobility and comfort along with affordability for people with disabilities.
The CEO of GenElek Technologies, John Kujur was at the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) in his final year of engineering working on this idea.
According to John, it was always a tough thing for him to get a job as a senior student with locomotor disability. He hated the fact that after being a far better engineer he was always judged on the basis of his disability.
But John had to a break for his project, due to lack of funds. But Soon again, he began with his project while his master’s degree was going on. With the help of Cybathlon 2020, the robotic exoskeleton will get global visibility and will catch some attention of some collaborations.
After Cybathlon 2020, the team is looking forward to launching this device in India. Vivek Pandey who is the co-founder of GenElek Technologies said, currently the price of the exoskeleton is 30 lakh INR and they are trying to bring the price down.
GenElek’s exoskeletons are very useful for anyone who has less mobility and since it's a demand by many people with different needs like some people who want to buy it for their grandparents another case where the parent is asking for his son, Vivek added.
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