PREMIER technical varsity, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, on Tuesday launched the country’s “first indigenously” designed standing wheelchair, which will enable a differently-abled person shift from sitting to standing position. Named ‘Arise’, the standing wheelchair was launched in the presence of Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot at the institute here on Tuesday. IIT, Madras “in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems has launched India’s first indigenously-designed standing wheelchair,” it said.
“It enables a differently-abled person requiring a wheelchair to shift from sitting to standing position, and vice versa, independently and in a controlled manner,” a release from the university said. It was designed and developed by the the institute’s TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), headed by Prof Sujatha Srinivasan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.