In a bid to provide better facility and a support for the divyangs and elderly people, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) has developed a first of its kind 'self standing auxiliary crutch'. The crutch called as 'Flexmotiv' has developed with technical features which can be used on all-terrain and is slip-resistant. It will help to reduce the jarring forces in use from 5 to 10 per cent while walking and improves the user performance by 10-20 per cent as compared to traditional crutches.
The spokesperson informed that it's a start up incubated in IIT Delhi was launched on Friday. The product was developed by IIT Delhi students Arvind S.A, Adepu Srinivas and Girish Yadav with assistance from AIIMS, New Delhi and funded by IITD- IRD, BIRAC BIG and Startup Oasis under Villgro's INVENT program.
"The crutch will improve the surface adaptability of traditional crutches, which are limited to the point of being unusable on uneven surfaces. With these crutches, users are able to walk confidently on wet surfaces, mud, sand, snow without the fear of slipping and consequently falling and injuring themselves," said Srinivas Adepu, Co-founder, Flexmotiv.
Till now, the crutch has been tested by 150 users at AIIMS and other organizations and has received excellent reviews and bagged over 600 preorders, said the researchers.
The product will be available on E-commerce platforms by the end of Aug 2019 at a price of Rs 2999/-INR. Apart from persons with disabilities, the product is recommended for patients in rehabilitation post spinal cord injury, fracture and Arthroplasty of Knee and hips joints.
"It's a worthy attempt from the best minds of IIT Delhi who collaborated with AIIMS New Delhi to produce Flexmo to help in our mobility and independence," said Dr. Satendra Singh a user.