The device allows the wheelchair user to independently stand and sit and also vice-versa. At the launch, the guest was Thaawarchand Gehlot, who is the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, researchers, industry and testing partners, students and faculty, the launch had taken place at the IIT Madras Research Park.
The assistive device is named ‘Arise,’ the TTK Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) is the designer and developer of the standing wheelchair. The head of the program was Sujatha Srinivasan, who is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Madras.
The standing wheelchair technology could not be possible without the help of the UK-based, Wellcome Trust, which an Affordable Healthcare in India’ Award, thanks to them from bringing the research and manufacturing partners together.
The standing wheelchair named 'Arise' will be soon out in the markets, at an affordable price of around 15,000 INR. Other thanks go to the Phoenix’s manufacturing capabilities and a novel, mass-manufacturable mechanical design (one Indian patent granted, other Indian, US and China patents pending).
Thanking all the people who have been involved in creating this standing wheelchair, Minister Gehlot said, in his lifetime career he has seen many amazing devices in India and abroad, which are made up of modern technology, but this the first time that he has experienced such good standing wheelchair.
He has given good wishes to IIT-Madras and all the other stakeholders for making such an amazing device that can be used in multi-purpose, it also boosts up the confident-level of the wheelchair-bound in a very affordable cost.
“I am truly impressed with the work done by R2D2 and look forward to cooperating with the center in the future. I assure IIT-Madras and its partners that we will try to provide standing wheelchairs to the needy through the Ministry, MLA Constituency Development and CSR funds.” He added.
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