At A Glance
Assistive tech startup based in Chennai, focusing on developing devices for special children, locomotive disabled and elderly. Developing products for independence. Active and standing wheelchairs are the initial products.
Our objective is to make wheelchairs that are customizable, lightweight and affordable with efficient indoor and outdoor maneuverability.
What better way to explain how all of this came to life?
The Journey started as a college project, where we developed the first Multi-purpose wheelchair. The wheelchair involved sitting, standing, sleeping, and stair climbing ability. The idea was funded as part of the student project scheme of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology in 2016-2017 by the government of Tamil Nadu to develop it into a prototype.
The team had the opportunity to exhibit the prototype at the India International Science Festival IIT Madras, Anna University, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT).
The exhibition was an opportunity for the team to interact with different people, wheelchair users, doctors, and caretakers. This sparked the need for high-quality assistive tech products in India. This ignited the team to travel across India, and had spoken to 200+ users and 50+ doctors and got to know the real needs and ground reality of differently-abled people.
The wheelchair products in India majorly falls under two categories: low-quality products which cannot serve the needs of the users but are available at a lower price, then there are good products but are expensive.
When it comes to active wheelchairs the problem starts at the fitting level itself, 90% of wheelchairs available in India are standard sizes. ‘‘The one size fits all’’ is causing further ailments to the users.
A user unless in rehab or hospital undergoes a therapy called standing therapy, once he gets discharged doesn’t have access to standing devices and he has to sit on the same wheelchair, leading to further ailments.