For the last 60 days, teams of design experts, scientists and innovators have been working round the clock to create affordable gadgets and assistive devices that aim to make the differently abled more independent and self-reliant. The results of their efforts will be unveiled in Bengaluru today.
The project, "Enable Makeathon", was initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross along with the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and the Association of People with Disability India, among others, and is envisioned as the launching pad for creating latest generation devices to assist those with locomotor disabilities.
Here are some of the prototypes that will be revealed today:
"ON THE GO" is an adjustable crutch for persons with disabilities. Designed by "Sparsh" from Bengaluru, it is intended to help people with special needs perform everyday tasks such as picking up a glass of water from a table or sitting on a toilet seat.
"TRIKE" is an electric mobility scooter that can be operated by people with disabilities without anyone's assistance. Designed by Nappinnai from Chennai, it has a battery that functions for nearly 50 km. Seats with removable hand rests and 360 degrees swivel action make it easier for the person to shift onto the scooter without much trouble.