UPES students develop wheelchair to enhance mobility of elderly

Tuesday, 18 JUNE  2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

In order to improve mobility of aged individuals and those with lower limb disabilities, the UPES engineering students have designed a wheelchair with innovative features. According to officials from UPES, the wheelchair’s modular design includes advanced elements like hand-gesture recognition using inertial measurement units and a dual motor control system inspired by four-wheeler steering, along with fall detection capabilities. They added that this device represents a unique advancement over traditional manual and joystick-operated wheelchairs, offering enhanced independence and affordability to users. Particularly advantageous for individuals with severe limb mobility challenges, this wheelchair can be maneuvered solely through hand and finger movements.

The officials further informed that the team, consisting of two final-year students specialising in electronics and communication engineering, namely Kriti Chauhan and Anubhav Tyagi, in collaboration with mentor Piyush Kuchhal, have applied for a patent for this inventive and cost-effective solution. The user-friendly control system enables users to effortlessly navigate through simple hand gestures. The project was successfully executed within a span of eight months, from concept to implementation and testing. 

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