IIT Delhi alumni launches the world’s first automated crutch that can stand on its own
- Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Delhi alumni have rolled out the world’s first automotive crutches that have the potential to stand on their own.
- Priced at ₹2,999, the device is likely to launch on the e-commerce websites by mid-August.
- It is useful for patients with
spinal cord injury, fracture and arthroplastyof Knee and hip joints.
The product was developed by a startup called Flexmotiv which was started by IIT Delhi students Arvind S.A, Adepu Srinivas and Girish Yadav. They were assisted from AIIMS, New Delhi.
“It is the world’s first self-standing axillary crutch. At an initial stage of using the crutch, there is always a requirement of support, but Flexmotiv is designed in a way that can be used without taking any support,” Arvind SA, the co-founder of Flexmotiv told the Indian Express.
The product intends to help the elderly and the handicapped, by presenting an easy-to-use solution for walking disabilities. It is also useful for patients with spinal cord injuries, fractures and arthroplasty of knee and hip joints.
The crutches can support users in sloped areas and is also useful for trekkers. The product has been tested on over 150 users and has received 600 orders already, Daily Pioneer reported.
E-commerce debut soon
Priced at ₹2,999, the device is likely to be sold on e-commerce websites like Amazon, Flipkart by mid-August. In fact, the developers have been trying to push the product on Amazon “before August 15,” Arvind said.
Unlike the normal crutches that are rubbered at the ends, the Flexmotiv is a leg-shaped structure with ‘toe and heel’ at the ends. This is designed to allow users to walk through muddy roads and bumpy areas.
The developers hit upon the idea after a friend’s accident. It took nearly two years to develop it.
“The device is designed in a way that it improves the surface adaptability thus reducing the jarring forces from 5% - 10% while walking thereby improving the user performance by 10% - 20%,” he added.
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