IIT-Madras to develop locomotor disability technology

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IIT-Madras to develop locomotor disability technology

IIT Madras has launched a centre where their students will research and develop technology for people with locomotor impairments. Named the TTK Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) the centre will be funded by the TTK Group.  Dr Sujatha Srinivasan, associate professor and head of the centre spoke on the prototypes they have created for various devices. These devices such as a standing wheelchair, a prosthetic knee, a swimming pool lift and a body motion controlled wheelchair will allow those with physical impairments to lead functional lives . 

Dr Sujatha Srinivasan added "The purpose of the centre will be to develop high quality, affordable and functional products. The functionality aspect in the products now available is lost due to the affordability factor". 

The chairman of the the TTK Group, T T Jagannathan is an alumnus of the institution and has promised Rs 3.68 crore in funding over five years. He stated "I decided to fund the centre for four reasons: I wanted to give back to my alma mater, the corporate social responsibility, I wanted research useful for India and for professor Sujatha who is a firebrand. TTK has never been involved in the research or making of such devices before. We will support if they need help to find market for the products". 

The prototypes they have created include a standing wheelchair, a prosthetic knee, a swimming pool lift and a body motion controlled wheelchair